Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Grants

Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Grants

For Funding Commencing in 2015

Research Office Primary Contact

Martina Asvestas
Grants Officer

The Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Scheme provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research. Funding will support three schemes:

  • CRE in Clinical Research;
  • CRE in Health Services Research; and
  • CRE in Population Health Research.

For further information please see the NHMRC web page

Key Dates

Centre of Research Excellence for funding commencing in 2015 are now closed.

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CRE Grant scheme opens

4 December 2013  

Minimum data requirements

5pm (AEDST) 13 January 2014

Full Eligibility and Compliance Review

22 January 2014

Internal closing date

5 February 2014

NHMRC submission

19 February 2014

 *Please note: Internal Closing Date requires provision of final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. As Research Office staff will be conducting critical Final Checks on all proposals received by the Internal Closing Date, we will be unable to provide applicants who do not meet this deadline with further advice or assistance with their application after 5 February 2014. Applicants seeking assistance in completing their application after the Internal Closing Date will be referred directly to the Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants.


Prior to submission of an application, applicants are to ensure they have read all relevant reference material found at NHMRC Website

NHMRC Website


  • Research Office Full Review Checklist (Pending)
  • Research Office Late Review Checklist (Pending)

How to Apply

  1. Applications are to be drafted and submitted in RGMS.
  2. A complete CRE Grant Application must consist of the following:
    1. Completion of Parts A and B of the application form.
    2. The relevant information in your RGMS Profile and CV.
    3. The uploaded PDF document containing your 'Detailed Background' and 'Research Plan,' including 'Track Records' for each Chief Investigator.
    4. Certification by all CIs, AIs and Partner Organisations participating on the application (submitted to Research Office by email once all are received).

Submission Process

In order for the Research Office to review your application, the CIA must certify the application in RGMS under the Certification tab. This will result in the status changing to 'Submitted to RAO' (referring to the Research Office NOT the NHMRC).  The certification process locks the application to allow static review; no editing is possible by either the CIA or the Research Office when the application is certified. Draft applications will be decertified after the Full Eligibility and Compliance review and this will allow you to edit the final version by the closing date.

Your application, in a format ready for submission, is due on Wednesday 5 February 2014. The Research Office will briefly review this application and confirm if it is ready for NHMRC submission or if eligibility edits are necessary. In this instance, the application will be decertified to allow the CIA to make these critical edits. The CIA then recertifies the application and the Research Office submits the application to the NHMRC.

The CI and AI certification document is due Wednesday 5 February 2014. The application will not be submitted to the NHMRC until the Research Office has received email certifications from all CI and AIs.

NHMRC Reporting

If you have any outstanding NHMRC Progress or Final Reports, please complete these and forward to Rebecca Ford as soon as possible. Your application may be ruled ineligible if you have any outstanding obligations.


Comprehensive information on RGMS is available at the NHMRC RGMS webpage. Further resources are being developed via User Guides.

The RGMS Library contains the RGMS User Guide, My Profile and CV Requirements, video tutorials and RGMS Off-line forms (including CV).

*Please note: RGMS automatically allocates an application number on commencement of the application in RGMS. You are no longer required to obtain an application ID from the Research Office.