NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence

StatusForcast 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

  • Applications led by Macquarie University researchers must be submitted to the Research Services Grant Development Team 4 weeks prior to the external deadline if requesting an optional strategic review and 2 weeks prior for a mandatory compliance and eligibility check. Please refer to the fellowships and grant opportunities webpage for information on deadlines and processes.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department/School [HoD/HoS] and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation [DDRI]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.  It is the lead applicant’s responsibility to ensure the approvals in Pure are complete prior to submission.
Aim 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:

  • improve health outcomes
  • promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice
  • support researchers in capacity-building activities, including in specific areas of need identified by NHMRC.

The intended outcomes of the CRE scheme are to:

  • support the conduct and development of innovative, high-quality, collaborative research
  • promote effective translation of research into knowledge gain, health policy and/or practice
  • foster and build capacity and capability in the health and medical research workforce,
  • provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams.

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:

  • Basic science research (inclusive dementia research),
  • Clinical research,
  • Health services research,
  • Public health research

Applicants nominate the application stream that best fits their research proposal.

Key Changes:

Applicants need to note the following changes for the CRE 2024 grant opportunity (See Forecast - Centres of Research Excellence 2024 Guidelines)

  • The funding allocation to the CRE scheme has increased, and the funding distribution across CRE streams has changed (Section 3).
  • Funding is available for CRE in Basic Science Research grants, including for dementia research with a basic science research focus (Section 3 and Appendix A2).
  • CRE assessment criteria and score descriptors have been amended to incorporate assessment of CRE in Basic Science Research stream applications (Section 6 and Appendix B).
  • Guidance is provided on addressing research translation (Appendix C, section 7.7).

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:

  • up to 5 CREs in Basic Science Research; including one for dementia research with a basic science research focus
  • up to 5 CREs in Clinical Research
  • up to 5 CREs in Health Services Research
  • up to 5 CREs in Public Health Research
Faculty Processes

Guide for NHMRC Applicants on Macquarie Approvals Process Through PURE

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
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Macquarie Business School
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 9663 (x9663), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Christine Boman

Key Dates

NHMRC opening date in Sapphire: Wednesday, 18 October 2023 
Strategic review (optional): Wednesday, 8-9 November 2023, Book via Strategic Review Booking calendar
NHMRC minimum data deadline: Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 17.00 ACT local time
Compliance and Eligibility check (mandatory): Wednesday,15-16 November 2023. Book via the C&E booking calendar
Applicant submits a final application in Sapphire: 11:59 pm Sunday 26 November 2023
Research Services submission to NHMRC: Wednesday, 29 November 2023, 17.00 ACT local time
Outcomes expected: August 2024


Note: NHMRC locates all their scheme documentation in GrantConnect. You will be required to set-up a username and password to access.

CRE 2024
Grant Proposal Template- To be advised 
Peer Review Guidelines- To be advised
NHMRC Direct Research Costs Guidelines
Pure Research Management System
MQ Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
Application Checklist
ATO Per-Diems 2023-2024
NHMRC DVCR Co-Funding Request Form


Grant Development TeamResearch Services

Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

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