Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Grants

Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

For Funding Commencing in 2016

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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.

The second round of Centres of Research Excellence in 2015 (for funding commencing in 2016) include two additional streams, each with a particular focus on establishing a collaborative network to achieve scheme objectives. These are:

  • CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research - The intent of the CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research stream is to provide support for a single team of researchers to establish a national research capacity that responds to major infectious disease threats and embeds research within the health system. This team will develop evidence that can be implemented in future epidemics, decrease the burden on the health system and improve health outcomes. Research, training and capacity building will be focussed on research activities occurring before, during and after infectious disease emergencies.
  • CRE in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building - The intent of the CRE in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building is to build capacity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, facilitate networks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in health research and/or produce a leadership cohort able to provide training and development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research students and early-career researchers.

For further information please see the NHMRC web page

Key Dates

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Dates for the upcoming round of the NHMRC CRE Program are available on the 2016 NHMRC Funding Calendar and are as follows:

Applications open in RGMS

18 November 2015

Minimum data requirements in RGMS

5:00pm AEDT Wednesday 16 December 2015

CI and AI Certification Form

5:00pm AEDT Thursday 7 January 2016

*Internal Closing Date

5:00pm AEDT Thursday 7 January 2016

Applications close

5:00pm AEDT Wednesday 13 January 2016

*Please note:

  • The University will be closed for the 2015/16 Christmas break from Wednesday 23 December 2015 and will reopen on Wednesday 6 January 2016. Research Office staff will not be available during this time. We are aware you may be working on your application during this time. If you have questions during the Christmas Closedown period, please email them to research-grants@newcastle.edu.au with the subject line 'CRE Questions' before 8:00am Wednesday 6 January 2016. Research Office staff will attend to these emails as a matter of priority on 6 January 2016.   
  • 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 7 January 2016. Applicants seeking assistance in completing their application after the Internal Closing Date will be referred directly to the Funding Rules and Instructions to Applicants.
  • Schools and Faculties may have their own internal dates for the purpose of peer review/Head of School and Assistant Dean (Research) approval etc. Please contact your School Executive Officer and Faculty Research & Research Training Officer or Faculty Research Development Manager for further information on School/Faculty internal processes.

Please review our ARC/NHMRC Grant Rounds Submission Procedures 2015 (PDF) for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.


Prior to submission of an application, applicants are to ensure they have read all relevant reference material found on the Centre of Excellence webpage on the NHMRC Website.


These must be read in conjunction with the NHMRC Funding Rules, NHMRC Advice and Instructions to Applicants and Guide to NHMRC Peer Review, which have also been revised.

Research Classifications Guides including Broad Research Area, Fields of Research & NHMRC Keyword ⁄ Phrases

CRE Applications in Indigenous Health and Well-being


Our Office will release eligibility checklists in December based on the updated funding rules:

  • Research Office Checklist (coming soon)

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

The CIA must certify the application in RGMS via the Certification tab. This will result in the status changing to 'Submitted to RAO' - which equates to 'Research Administration Office' NOT the NHMRC. This process locks the application to allow an eligibility and compliance check.  

The External Grant Application Coversheet (includes ARC/NHMRC) (DOC) along with the CI and AI certifications are due 7 January 2016 along with final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. 

Although CI and AI Certifications are not required for the eligibility and compliance check, the Research Office is not permitted by the NHRMC to submit an application prior to receiving all necessary certifications for the proposal.


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

The RGMS Training Program 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.

Further Information

The Research Office holds copies of successful NHMRC CRE grant applications. If you would like to make an appointment to view these please contact research-grants@newcastle.edu.au or phone 4921 7733. While these are worthwhile reading, it is important to note that application requirements can change significantly each year.

For further information on the NHMRC CRE Grants please email research-grants@newcastle.edu.au.