Centres of Research Excellence

Centres of Research Excellence

Last updated 27 October 2016
Last updated 27 October 2016

The Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) Fund was established in 2001 to encourage the development of excellent tertiary education-based research that is collaborative, strategically focused and creates significant knowledge transfer activities.

Who applies:  Universities

Agreed through:  Contract (off Plan)

Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) are inter-institutional research networks, with researchers working together on commonly agreed work programmes. CoREs make a contribution to New Zealand’s development and link to user groups. They also build research capacity and capabilities through post-graduate programmes and the training of new researchers.

The funding mechanism for CoREs is issued by the Minister responsible for tertiary education. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides the mandate for us to allocate the funding and what the funding can be used for, and details how we administer the fund.

Funding from the CoREs Fund is determined through a fully contestable process.

Funding is agreed off-Plan via a funding confirmation letter.

A CoRE that receives funding from the CoREs Fund is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989, and
  • comply with the conditions specified in its funding confirmation letter.

CoREs funding rounds

The first CoREs were established in 2002 and a further funding round was undertaken in 2006/07. In 2014, six CoREs were selected following a fully contestable funding round.

In 2015 four more CoREs have been selected. A total of 10 CoRES will be funded to 2020.

To find out more read the Minister's announcement (7 May 2015).