Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

The translation of health and medical research is an integral theme of NHMRC’s strategy for the period 2015-16 to 2018-19. In March 2015 NHMRC recognised four NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres that excel in research, the translation of evidence into excellent patient care, and demonstrate a strong research and translation focus in the education of health professionals, at an international level.

In March 2015 NHMRC recognised the first four AHRTCs:

2016 Call for Submissions  - now closed

NHMRC is no longer accepting submissions from groups wishing to seek recognition as an AHRTC. 

Submissions must be provided by email to by 8pm AEST, Tuesday 6 December 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Assessment Timetable

Submissions open Friday 16 September 2016
Submissions close Tuesday 6 December 2016
Shortlisting Mid-January (Applicants advised on 20 January)
Interviews 14-16 February 2017
Anticipated announcement of outcomes April/May 2017

All enquiries should be submitted to

Related information:

NHMRC has established two initiatives to recognise national leadership in the provision of research-based and evidence-based health care and the training of doctors, nurses and other health professionals: Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs) and Centres for Innovation in Regional Health (CIRH).  

Groups should not seek recognition as both an AHRTC and a CIRH. Groups should apply only for the form of recognition that better aligns with their activities, achievements and future goals. Information on NHMRC’s Centres for Innovation in Regional Health Initiative is available on the Centres for Innovation in Regional Health webpage.

Further information

Translational Research Projects

The NHMRC Translational Research Projects for Improved Health Care Funding Scheme was developed to leverage off the significant capacity assembled in NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres (AHRTCs). The aim of the scheme is to provide support the conduct of tightly focussed translational research projects with potential to deliver evidence-based improvements to patient outcomes or improved efficiency in healthcare within the Australian health system. Applications for support closed in early 2016 and no further calls for applications are planned.  

2014 Call for submissions for recognition as an AHRTC 

In March 2015 NHMRC recognised four NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres. 

12 December 2014

8 – 10 December 2014

International Panel meets to consider submissions against 6 criteria:

  1. Leadership in outstanding research- and evidence-based clinical care, including for the most difficult clinical conditions
  2. Excellence in innovative biomedical, clinical, public health and health services research
  3. Programs and activities to accelerate research findings into health care and ways of bringing health care problems to the researchers
  4. Research-infused education and training
  5. Health professional leaders who ensure that research knowledge is translated into policies and practices locally, nationally and internationally
  6. Strong collaboration amongst the research, translation, patient care and education programs.

16 July 30 September 2014

NHMRC called for submissions from interested groups for recognition as an NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres.

The following information was provided to assist groups to prepare submissions:

In addition, stakeholder teleconferences were held on 28th August and 2nd September to provide a further avenue for questions from stakeholders.

30 March 2012

NHMRC Submission to the Strategic Review of Health and Medical Research in Australia (PDF, 1.5MB)

21 December 2010

NHMRC releases discussion paper – Developing Advanced Health Research Centres in Australia


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