The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in 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 health policy and/or practice
  • foster and build capacity in the health and medical research workforce
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams. 


Funding will support three streams: 

  1. Clinical Research
  2. Health Services Research
  3. Public Health Research

Peer review of CRE grants

In 2022 the CRE panel meetings will occur by videoconference.

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding:
5 years

Level of funding:
CREs in Clinical Research, Health Services Research and Public Health Research - $2,500,000

Key changes

Applicants should note the following changes to the CRE 2022 Guidelines: 

  • Information on the identification of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent has been included in section 10. Related record keeping requirements are described in Appendix A.
  • NHMRC will consider preprints in track record assessment. For further details on what constitutes an acceptable preprint and how to include preprints in the ‘My Profile’ section of Sapphire, refer to Appendix C.