Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Grants

Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) Grants

For Funding Commencing in 2016

Research Office Contact: Martina Asvestas

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

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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

11 November 2015

Minimum data requirements in RGMS

5:00pm AEDT Wednesday 2 December 2015

CI and AI Certification Form


*Internal Closing Date

5:00pm AEDT Wednesday 2 December 2015

Applications close

5:00pm AEDT Wednesday 16 December 2015

*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 4 March 2015. 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 for essential information regarding application submission under this scheme.

Key Changes to the CRE applications for 2015

  • The shortlisting process has been replaced by an Applicant Response (Rebuttal) and a Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) process.
  • Only Chief Investigators (up to five) listed on a CRE application may attend an interview.


Prior to submission of an application, applicants are to ensure they have read all relevant reference material found at 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 January 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 review.  

CI and AI certifications are due 4 March 2015 along with final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. The application will not be submitted to the NHMRC until our Office has received email certifications from all named 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 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 Martina Asvestas phone ext. 15305. While these are worthwhile reading, it is important to note that application requirements change significantly each year.

For further information on the NHMRC CRE Grants please email Martina Asvestas.