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, public health research and dementia 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 four streams: 

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

Peer review of CRE grants

In 2021 the CRE panel meetings will occur by videoconference or face-to-face.

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
CREs in Dementia Research - $3,000,000

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


Grant submission advice

Read all relevant reference material

GrantConnect GO Documents


Liaise with your Administering Institution

to identify any specific requirements that the institution may have


Ensure your application is complete and correct.