Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

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

Funding will support three streams:

  • CRE in Clinical Research
  • CRE in Health Services Research
  • CRE in Population Health Research.

The scheme is also used to identify and support partnerships with organisations interested in specific areas of research. In 2017, NHMRC is partnering with beyondblue to offer a funding opportunity in the following area of research:

  • The CRE in Childhood Adversity and associated Depression and Anxiety.

To apply for funding in this area of research, your application must be submitted under the Health Services Research stream.

Apply for funding

The NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System (RGMS) must be used to access/update your profile and CV and to submit your CRE application. If they have not already done so, applicants are advised to obtain an RGMS account and commence their profile and CV.

Applicants not yet registered in RGMS, should contact the Research Help Centre by emailing help@nhmrc.gov.au for more information.

A complete CRE application must consist of the following:

  • Completion of Parts A and B of the application form (including the Grant Proposal pdf).
  • The relevant information in your RGMS profile and CV.

Prior to submission of an application for CRE funding, applicants need to ensure they have:

  • read all relevant reference material
  • liaised with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.

Key Dates

The key dates for the 2017 CRE funding round are as follows:

  • Wednesday 25 October 2017 – Applications Open in RGMS

  • Wednesday 22 November 2017 – Minimum Data due 5pm AEDT

  • Wednesday 6 December 2017 – Applications Close 5pm AEDT

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday 22 November 2017 to allow NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise.  Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

Key Changes to CRE applications for the 2017 Funding Round

Applicants should note the following changes to the CRE scheme-specific Funding Rules for the 2017 round:

  • Addition of a Partner Organisation, beyondblue, under the Health Services Research stream
  • Eligibility - Applications seeking funding in excess of $2.5 million will be deemed ineligible
  • A deadline for applicant interview preferences has been added.

Documentation to Apply for a CRE

Documentation to apply can be found at GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system. GrantConnect is a centralised web-based facility for publication of agencies’ Grant Opportunities and Forecast Opportunities.

You need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download Grant Opportunity documents prior to starting your application in RGMS. To register, you must complete the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website.

The following resources provide further information on how to apply for NHMRC grant funding:

Research Classifications Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research and NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

CRE Applications in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Well-being

Applicant Response (Rebuttal)

Further information on the Applicant Response (Rebuttal) is available in the CRE scheme-specific Peer Review Guidelines (available on the GrantConnect website).

Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) Process

The NFFC process identifies the least competitive applications received by NHMRC based on initial scores provided by four Expert Peer Reviewers. Applications deemed NFFC will not proceed to interview.

Recent Outcomes

Further information

If you require more information, your inquiry should be directed to your Research Administration Office in the first instance. If you require assistance and are unable to satisfy your concern by seeking assistance through your administering institution, contact the Research Help Centre on 1800 500 983, or email help@nhmrc.gov.au.

Archived Documentation for the Previous Round