Besides organizations that undertake research themselves, there are several organisations that are involved in different capacities, scales and function, which support research in Australia . These organisations include government as well as non-government and private organizations. The functions include funding, agencies that commission research, advocacy groups for specific diseases, professional groups, or those involved in other functions such as training, fund raising, recruitment and so on.

Note: The compilation below is not exhaustive, and keeps growing as we learn of new organizations. If you know of an organization or want to add to this list, please send us the details using the contact form on the website and we will update this page. 

ARC Centres of Excellence

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a Commonwealth entity that administers the National competitive Grants Programme. ARC centres of excellence enable collaboration of research resources of universities, publicly funded research organizations, other research bodies, governments and businesses to be concentrated to support outstanding research. Many ARC Centres of Excellence are in the Health domain.

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is provides advice to the Australian Government on health and medical research, and manages research support and funding.

NHMRC Research Streams include:

  • CRE in Clinical Research;

  • CRE in Health Services Research; 

  • CRE in Population Health Research;

  • CRE in Infectious Disease Emergency Response Research

  • CRE in Indigenous Researcher Capacity Building.

Australian Government’s CRC Program

The CRC program supports industry-driven research partnerships between publicly funded researchers, business and the community to address major long term challenges.

The Cooperative Research Centres Association is a not-for-profit organization operating to promote the pursuit of science, particularly through the Australian Government’s CRC Program.

Government Agencies that Commission Research

Other Associations and Agencies