Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

For Funding Commencing in 2018

Research Office Contact:

This scheme is currently CLOSED
The next round of Centres of Excellence for funding commencing in 2018 is expected to open Wednesday 25 October 2017 and close Wednesday 6 December 2017

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 streams:

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

There are two funding priority areas added for this round:

  1. Electromagnetic Energy – available under ALL streams
  2. Primary Health Care – available under the Health Services Research stream ONLY

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 2018 NHMRC Funding Calendar and are as follows:

Applications open in RGMS

Wednesday 25 October 2017

UON Online Booking System OpensThursday 26 October 2017

Minimum data requirements in RGMS

Wednesday 22 November 2017

UON Eligibility and Compliance Check PeriodThursday 16 November - Wednesday 22 November 2017

UON Deadline for Final Application

5:00pm Wednesday 29 November 2017

Applications close

5:00pm Wednesday 6 December 2017

*Please note:

  • UON Deadline for Final Application requires provision of final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. 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 (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.

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.

CI and AI certifications are due by the round specific UON Deadline for Final Application along with final, submission-ready proposals and all associated documentation. Please note, the application cannot be submitted to the NHMRC until our Office has received email certifications from all named CI and AIs, as well as the fully signed Coversheet.

Minimum Data Requirement

Minimum data for CREs consists of the following:

  • A-PA Application Properties (specifically the Administering Institution, Application Title, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research and Synopsis)
  • A-RC Research Classification
  • A-RT Research Team and Commitment including the names of team members if known (note: team members may be added or deleted after the minimum data deadline until the close of applications date TBC)

Failure to complete minimum data by the required date will deem the application ineligible.


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.

Access to Successful Applications

Research Services can provide researchers with access to view successful applications where the lead Chief Investigator has provided consent. Applications must be viewed in hard copy in the Research Services office (Block C-NIER) or by arrangement at HMRI.

Contact research-applications@newcastle.edu.au to request access to view successful applications for a specific scheme. Please include preferred date(s), time(s) and location.

Confirmation of the date, time and venue will be provided to you by Research Services staff.

Further Information

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