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.
The funding mechanism for CoREs is issued by the Minister responsible for tertiary education.
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.