The Australian Government is investing $35 million to fund 14 Centres of Research Excellence (CRE), bringing together some of Australia’s best health and medical researchers in collaborations to develop new solutions to significant health problems.
The CREs announced for funding today were the highest ranking from a competitive field of applications as assessed by panels of expert peers.
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.
Each Centre announced today will receive $2.5 million over five years funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
The newly announced Centres of Research Excellence and Chief Investigators are:
- Centres of Research Excellence in Clinical Research
- University of Adelaide – Associate Professor Alice Rumbold
- Murdoch Children’s Research Institute – Professor Franz Babl
- University of Sydney – Professor Jonathan Clark
- Monash University – Professor Peter Fuller
- University of New South Wales – Professor Jill Newby
- University of Melbourne – Professor Kim Felmingham
- Centres of Research Excellence in Health Services Research
- Burnet Institute – Professor Caroline Homer
- Monash University – Professor Danielle Mazza
- University of New South Wales – Professor Valsamma Eapen
- Monash University – Professor Erica Wood
- Centres of Public Health Research
- Burnet Institute – Professor Freya Fowkes
- Deakin University – Associate Professor Adrian Cameron
- University of New South Wales – Professor Virgina Wiseman
- University of Melbourne – Doctor Shuai Li.
The scheme assessment criteria used by peer reviewers aimed to identify applications from collaborative teams with the greatest potential to generate new knowledge leading to improved health outcomes and translation into health policy and practice.
Applications are also assessed on their potential to foster and build capacity and future leaders in the health and medical research workforce and expand collaborations between research teams.
NHMRC’s CRE support clinical, health services and public health research that aims to improve health outcomes for Australians and promote the translation of research outcomes into policy and practice.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister, Emma McBride:
“The Albanese Labor Government is committed to improving the health of Australians today, while making sure that we prepare ourselves for future challenges.
“Australia has a proud history as a global leader in health research. We need to make sure that our research is translated into sound policy and effective programs.
“That’s why these Centres of Research Excellence are so important - so that we are providing the support and care that Australians need in the right way.”
Quotes attributable to NHMRC CEO, Steve Wesselingh:
“The 14 Centres of Research Excellence announced today focus on health issues of profound significance for patients and communities.
“NHMRC’s Centres of Research Excellence are an important part of the health and medical research ecosystem in Australia. They bring together the brightest researchers who work collaboratively to find innovative and practical solutions for better health.”