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 has recognised leading centres of collaboration in Australia that excel in the provision of research based health care and training through the Translation Centre Initiative (the Initiative) since 2014.

The core aim of the 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. 

NHMRC accreditation

NHMRC accreditation is valid for up to five years.

To be accredited as a Research Translation Centre, interested groups must be an established partnership and meet NHMRC’s accreditation criteria. These criteria will be available when the call for accreditation opens. Applications for accreditation are assessed by a panel using the criteria for accreditation. Each panel provides a report following its assessment and feedback for applicants. Panel reports can be downloaded below.

NHMRC accredited Research Translation Centres

To date NHMRC has accredited ten centres as either an Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre (AHRTC) or a Centre for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH). These centres have formed the Australian Health Research Alliance to collaborate nationally on a number of priorities it has identified.

What do the Research Translation Centres do and why? 

In 2019, representatives of accredited centres told us about the work they undertake independently and together to drive improvements in health services and clinical trials in Australia, and their work with end-users of research, to ensure that their research is informed by a range of perspectives and identified needs. Centres have also reported their progress to NHMRC.

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Future opportunities

NHMRC anticipates opening a call for accreditation under a revised model following consideration of the outcomes of the review of its Translation Centre initiative. It is anticipated the call will open in the third quarter, 2021. NHMRC will share the outcomes of its Review at that time.

Subscribe to NHMRC’s fortnightly newsletter Tracker for further updates. 

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