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. The second round of Centres of Research Excellence for 2015 (for funding in 2016) will also include two additional streams, each with a particular focus on establishing a collaborative network to achieve scheme objectives.

Funding will support five streams:

  • CRE in Clinical Research;
  • CRE in Health Services Research; 
  • CRE in Population Health Research;
  • CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research; and

    • The intent of the CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research stream is to provide support for a single team of researchers to establish a national research capacity that responds to major infectious disease threats and embeds research within the health system. This team will develop evidence that can be implemented in future epidemics, decrease the burden on the health system and improve health outcomes. Research, training and capacity building will be focussed on research activities occurring before, during and after infectious disease emergencies.

  • CRE in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building.

    • The intent of the CRE in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building is to build capacity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, facilitate networks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in health research and/or produce a leadership cohort able to provide training and development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research students and early-career researchers.

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 log on and commence their profile and CV.

Applicants who are 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:

  1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form (including the Grant Proposal pdf); and
  2. 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; and
  • Liaised with their Administering Institution to identify any specific requirements that the Institution might have.

Key Dates

The key dates for the second 2015 CRE funding round are as follows:

  • Wednesday 18 November 2015 – Applications Open in RGMS

  • Wednesday 16 December 2015 – Minimum Data due 5pm AEDT

  • Wednesday 13 January 2016 – Applications Close 5pm AEDT

All applicants are required to commence their application and provide the specified minimum data in RGMS by Wednesday 16 December 2015 to allow the NHMRC to start sourcing reviewers with appropriate expertise. Applications initiated after this date will not be accepted.

Key Changes to the CRE applications for the Second Round of 2015

  • The Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research and Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building streams have been added for this round.

Documentation to Apply for a CRE

Documentation to apply for a CRE must be read in conjunction with the NHMRC Funding Rules 2016, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants 2016 and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review 2016.

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) Dates

The Applicant Response (Rebuttal) process was introduced to the peer review of CRE applications in 2015. Further information on the Applicant Response (Rebuttal) is available in the CRE scheme-specific Peer Review Guidelines.

Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) Process

Summary of NFFC process

The Not for Further Consideration (NFFC) process was introduced into the peer review of CRE applications in 2015. This process identifies the least competitive applications received by NHMRC based on initial scores provided by the primary and secondary spokespersons and aims to remove them from progressing further through to the face-to-face GRP and applicant interview process.

Recent Outcomes

Further information

If you require more information, direct your inquiry 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