NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence
|Status||Forcast Opening Date: 18 October, 2023|
|Changes to DVCR Co-Funding|
For NHMRC grants, applicants will now be required to submit a formal DVCR Co-funding request. The formal DVCR Co-funding request replaces the previous support of the Strategic Research Fund (SRF), which was managed directly between your Faculty Research Office and the DVCR Office and was not directly visible to academics as internal co-funding for their successful grants.
The DVCR Co-funding is to support MQ researchers to successfully complete their proposed NHMRC projects by providing up to 20% co-funding on funds to remain at Macquarie. The goal is for the DVCR Co-funding is to facilitate MQ applicants in providing a ‘top-up’ of NHMRC salary costs (PSP’s), which are lower than MQ equivalent salary rates.
These changes align the principles of DVCR Co-funding with other external funding schemes and assist the University in rationalising the allocation of internal funding used to leverage competitive external funding opportunities. As Macquarie researchers continue to excel in the NHMRC funding scheme, we need to find a mechanism to ensure all successful NHMRC grants can be supported. As context, since 2015, our application volume for NHMRC funding has nearly doubled year on year. We know that health and medical researchers at Macquarie will be more active than ever in the coming years in applying for NHMRC funding to support their research, hence the need to make changes to meet the growing volume of awards.
Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding
Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon the on-time submission of grant applications by your mandatory compliance and eligibility check. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. This funding includes project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships, and major equipment and in most cases, is processed via the DVCR Co-Funding scheme. View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs
The Centres of Research Excellence scheme (CRE) will support research which aims to improve health outcomes and promote/ or improve translation of research outcomes
into policy and/or practice. The CRE scheme will also support researchers in capacity-building activities, including in specific areas of need identified by NHMRC.
The objectives of the CRE scheme are to:
The intended outcomes of the CRE scheme are to:
A CRE may be a single physical entity or institute or a geographically disparate network linking across more than one institution. Centres are encouraged to collaborate with and participate in national and international research studies.
The CRE 2024 grant opportunity will provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in:
Applicants nominate the application stream that best fits their research proposal.
Applicants need to note the following changes for the CRE 2024 grant opportunity (See Forecast - Centres of Research Excellence 2024 Guidelines)
A CRE 2024 grant in the Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Health Services Research and Public Health Research streams provides a fixed budget of $3 million per grant, paid evenly over the grant period (no budget required by the NHMRC).
Subject to the receipt of competitive applications, the number of CRE grants to receive funding will be:
The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than Research Services deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty as early as possible for information on the process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:
Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Macquarie Business School
Faculty of Arts
Note: NHMRC locates all their scheme documentation in GrantConnect. You will be required to set-up a username and password to access.
Grant Development TeamResearch Services