The Excellence programme forms the cornerstone of the FIA Institute's aim to encourage and incentivise excellence in all aspects of motor sport safety.
The Centre of Excellence award recognises and rewards excellence at circuits around the world. Each Centre of Excellence exemplifies the high standards expected by the FIA Institute in terms of medical, marshal and race control safety. They also display a commitment to innovation and the development of new safety technology.
In return, each Centre of Excellence is utilised to host events under the auspices of the FIA Institute. The Bahrain International Circuit, hosted a Summit on Medicine in Motor Sport in April 2008.
The centres also act as hubs for best practice in various motor sport regions around the world . In order to become an FIA Institute Centre of Excellence, a circuit must first go through a nomination application process. Each nomination is assessed by a jury, made up of leading international experts in the field of motor sport safety as well as officials and competitors.