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 (collectively known as the Translation Centre initiative) 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 the seven AHRTCs and three CIRHs listed below (collectively known as the Translation Centres). The most recent centre to be accredited is the Tropical Australian Academic Health Centre in northern Queensland following a call for applications that closed in March 2019. The Minister for Health, Hon Greg Hunt MP, announced the accreditation on 6 March 2020. The Translation Centre Review Panel’s report of its assessment of submissions for accreditation following NHMRC’s 2018 Call can be downloaded below.

The Translation Centres have formed the Australian Health Research Alliance to collaborate nationally on a number of priorities it has identified.

Translation Centres

What are the Translation Centres doing and why? 

NHMRC asked representatives of accredited Centres to tell us about how they are working independently and together, to drive improvements in health services and clinical trials in Australia, and work with end-users of research, including vulnerable populations, to ensure that their research is informed by a range of perspectives and identified needs. 

Watch the videos to hear what they had to say

Translation Centres accredited in 2015 or 2017 have provided their first biennial progress report outlining their progress in continuing to operate as leading centres of collaboration that are excelling, at international level, in leadership and provision of evidence-based health care and training. 

Read about their progress

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. Accreditation is valid for up to five years.

All applications for accreditation are assessed by an international panel that use criteria for AHRTC or CIRH accreditation. Each panel provides NHMRC with a report following its assessment. These can be downloaded below. 

Future opportunities

NHMRC will advise of its decision on whether to schedule another call for accreditation following consideration of the outcomes of the review of its Translation Centre initiative (the Review). The terms of reference for the Review are available below.

Closed opportunities

Information about previous opportunities is available below: 

  • 2018 Call for AHRTC and CIRH submissions 
  • 2016 Call for AHRTC and CIRH submissions
  • 2014 Call for AHRTC submissions