The translation of health and medical research provides the best opportunity for populations to receive excellent health care and drive advances and breakthroughs in health care in Australia. 

NHMRC recognises leading centres of collaboration in Australia that excel in the provision of research based health care and training through two initiatives:

  • Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) – established in 2014
  • Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs) – established in 2016 to specifically recognise centres that address regional Australia population needs.

The core aim of the AHRTC and CIRH initiatives is to encourage excellent health research and translation in Australia by bringing together researchers, healthcare providers, education and training to improve the health and well-being of patients and the populations they serve, including in regional/remote areas for CIRHs.
To date, NHMRC has accredited seven AHRTCs and two CIRHs. Accreditation is valid for five years.

Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs)

Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRHs)

NHMRC accreditation

To be accredited as an AHRTC or CIRH, interested groups are required to demonstrate competitiveness at the highest international levels across all relevant areas of health care.
All applications for accreditation are reviewed by an international panel that use criteria for AHRTC or CIHR accreditation.

Current opportunities

The 2018 Call for AHRTC and CIRH submissions (for NHMRC accreditation in 2019) closed on 18 March 2019.
A timetable for the review and assessment of applications will be available soon.
Any enquiries should be submitted in writing to: AdvancedCentres@nhmrc.gov.au

Future Rounds

NHMRC will not schedule another call until a review of the AHRTC and CIRH initiatives has been conducted.

Closed opportunities

Information about previous opportunities is available below: 

  • 2016 Call for AHRTC and CIRH submissions (for recognition in 2017)
    • 2017 Report to NHMRC from the International Review Panel – Recognition of AHRTCs and CIRHs
    • 2016 Call for submissions for recognition by NHMRC as an AHRTC 
    • 2016 AHRTC call for submissions - Q&A
    • 2016 Call for Submissions for recognition by NHMRC as a CIRH
    • 2016 CIRH Call for submissions - Q&A
  • 2014 Call for AHRTC submissions (for recognition in 2015)
  • 2015 Report to the NHMRC from the International Panel
  • 2014 Call for submissions for recognition by NHMRC as an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre - update 28 July 2014 
  • 2016 Translational Research Projects (information available on the Australian Government Web archive)