The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) grant program provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research. 

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

Funding will support three streams:

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

Grant at a glance

Duration of funding
5 years
Level of funding

Key changes

Applicants should note the following changes to the CRE 2018 Guidelines:

  • Additional funding may be available to support research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients with mental health issues through the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Million Minds Mission.
  • The Centres of Research Excellence 2018 Guidelines incorporates documents previously referred to as the NHMRC Funding Rules and the Centres of Research Excellence scheme-specific Funding Rules.

Before you submit an application, please make sure you have:


Step One

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents


Step Two

Liaise with your Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have


Step Three

Ensure your application is complete and correct.