Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres

The translation of health and medical research is an integral theme of NHMRC’s strategy for health and medical research. 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). Further information about the CIRH initiative is available on the NHMRC website.

The aim of the AHRTC initiative is to identify and recognise leading centres of collaboration that excel in health and medical 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. The evaluation criteria for recognition as an AHRTC are:

  1. Outstanding leadership in 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 translation of 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.

In March 2015, NHMRC recognised the first four NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres:

In late 2016, NHMRC called for submissions from further interested groups for recognition as an NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre. As a result, the following groups were recognised as AHRTCs in 2017:

Further information

2016 Call for submissions for recognition by NHMRC as an AHRTC

The 2016 call for submissions has closed.

A report of the International Review Panel, which assessed the submissions and provided advice to NHMRC on the actions that could be taken to encourage development of the AHRTC and CIRH initiatives, is provided below. NHMRC will consider the report, including in developing future calls for recognition as an AHRTC or CIRH.

2016 Translational Research Projects

The 2016 NHMRC Translational Research Projects for Improved Health Care Funding Scheme was developed to leverage off the significant capacity assembled in NHMRC 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. The call for submissions closed in early 2016 and no further calls are planned.  

2014 Call for submissions for recognition as an AHRTC 

In 2014, NHMRC first called for submissions from interested groups for recognition as an NHMRC Advanced Health Research and Translation Centres.

30 March 2012

21 December 2010


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