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Research Centres

Pushing medical and health boundaries to shape tomorrow
Our centres are collaborative, diverse and expert. Collectively, they undertake transformative research across all disciplines of medicine and health to address the needs of society and improve health outcomes for all.

Our centres fall under three distinct categories and undertake research of strategic importance. They include: Flagship, Impact and Incubator.

Flagship centres

These centres conduct world-leading research to address significant, long-term challenges and are focused on delivering outcomes through the execution of multiple research programmes in their defined field.

Impact centres

Impact centres focus on specific areas of health and medical research of national significance. They deliver concentrated expertise on one or two subjects within their defined research area.


Incubators identify a societal need and look to test their research capabilities to meet the challenge of addressing it. They bring together researchers who may not otherwise collaborate, to take a risk on a new idea with the potential for significant community impact.

Our incubators include:

Other research groups and initiatives

The NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence grant program provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research. 

We are home to a number of these centres and support the conduct and development of innovative, high-quality and collaborative research.