The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in basic science research, clinical research, health services research and public health research.

The objective of the CRE scheme is to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. The CRE scheme will also support researchers in capacity building activities, including in specific areas of need identified by NHMRC.

The intended outcomes of the CRE scheme are to:

  • support the conduct and development of innovative, high quality, collaborative research
  • promote effective translation of research into knowledge gain, health policy and/or practice
  • foster and build capacity and capability in the health and medical research workforce
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams.

Funding will support 4 streams:

  1. Basic Science Research
  2. Clinical Research
  3. Health Services Research
  4. Public Health Research.

Peer review of CRE grants

In 2024, the CRE panel meetings will occur by videoconference.

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
5 years
Level of funding
CREs in Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Health Services Research and Public Health Research – $3,000,000

Key changes

Applicants should note the following changes to the CRE 2024 Guidelines:

  • The funding allocation to the CRE scheme has increased and the funding distribution across CRE streams has changed.
  • Funding is available for CRE in Basic Science Research grants, including for dementia research with a basic science research focus.
  • CRE assessment criteria and score descriptors have been amended to incorporate assessment of CRE in Basic Science Research stream applications.
  • Guidance is provided on addressing research translation.