Key dates for NHMRC 2021 Centres of Research Excellence (for funding in 2022)

  • UQ R&I Information Session: 31 August 2021
  • UQ R&I Internal Expression of Interest Deadline: 09 September 2021
  • UQ R&I Strategy Panel Meetings: 13 September 2021 to 17 September 2021
  • Release of Guidelines: 20 October 2021
  • Proposals open in Sapphire: 20 October 2021
  • Minimum data requirements in Sapphire: 17 November 2021
  • Applications due to UQ R&I: 10 November 2021
  • Applications close with NHMRC: 01 December 2021


The NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme supports teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical research, health services research, and public health research.

The objective of the CRE scheme is to improve health outcomes and promote or improve translation of research outcomes into policy and/or practice. 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 health policy and/or practice
  • Foster and build capacity in the health and medical research workforce
  • Provide opportunities to expand and improve collaborations between research teams.

How to apply

Step 1. UQ strategic review and development

  • To help researchers best position their CRE application UQ R&I will be running a strategy panel review of all prospective UQ-led CRE applications.
  • Researchers considering applying to the CRE scheme should complete the UQ R&I Expression of Interest form by 09 September 2021.
  • If you have any queries on the CRE scheme, please contact

Step 2. Initiating your application in Sapphire

  • Log in to Sapphire and review/update your Profile. If you do not yet have a Sapphire account, please register for Sapphire. It is advised that requests for Sapphire accounts/activations have experienced considerable delays, so it is recommended for all CI’s to register as soon as possible.

Step 3. Completing the application

  • Log into Sapphire and complete the application.

Step 4. UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • Ahead of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid in Sapphire and CIA has initiated the Certification process in Sapphire. Application errors will be signalled and can be corrected during the Certification stage.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed UQ Application Certification Form to UQ R&I at
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided

Step 5. Final submission

  • Final submission by UQ R&I to NHMRC.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents


Before applying, please review the full suite of documents available from GrantConnect, the Australian Government grants information system (login required).

Additional NHMRC documents:


UQ supporting documentation:


Contact UQ R&I

Round coordinator
Dr Jodi Clyde-Smith

If you are applying through UQ but you are not a current UQ staff member, please contact the round coordinator to be added to the UQ R&I mailing list.