Key dates for NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence 2018

  • Internal (UQR&I) deadline for EOI forms: 6 October 2017
  • Release of Funding Rules: 25 October 2017
  • Proposals open in Research Grants Management System (RGMS): 25 October 2017
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) information session: N/A
  • Minimum data requirements in RGMS: 22 November 2017
  • Applications due to UQR&I: 17 November 2017
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 6 December 2017
  • Interview time preference (if invited to interview): 28 February 2018
  • Rebuttal period: March 2018
  • Interview week: 30 April - 4 May 2018 (anticipated)

Please see the NHMRC scheme page for details


Centres of Research Excellence support research which aims to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. The scheme supports teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in three streams: clinical research, health services research, and population health research. 

How to apply

UQ will use a mandatory internal Expression of Interest (EOI) stage to endorse and provide feedback on developing NHMRC CRE proposals. The EOI form is downloadable from UQ Documentation, below, and must be lodged to UQR&I via by the closing date.

Step 1. RGMS updates and scheme reading

  • Update your full profile RGMS 'My Profile and CV'. If any team members are new to RGMS and need a login/password, start early.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and The University of Queensland (UQ) documentation.

Step 2. Completing the application

Step 3. UQR&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete/valid and generate your proposal snapshots in RGMS (refer RGMS User Guide - Applying for Grants)
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet to UQR&I at
  • Also provide completed UQ Certification Proforma.
  • Internal review by UQR&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQR&I to NHMRC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Please download and review the following NHMRC documentation from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system. You need to be a GrantConnect registered user to download the NHMCR CRE documentation prior to starting your application in RGMS. To register, you will need to complete the New User Registration on the GrantConnect website. Additional information on the CRE scheme can be found on the NHMRC’s website.


UQ supporting documentation:

Rejoinders and rebuttal

In the NHMRC assessment and rebuttal process, proposal comments from external assessors may be made available to applicants, who may be given opportunity to submit a rebuttal.

To assist you to prepare rebuttals, UQR&I holds rebuttal information sessions involving senior academics who have served on the NHRMC's Assigners Academy and Grant Review Panels and posts the session materials on the UQR&I presentations and slides page.