To support the development of high quality biospecimen collections and associated data in this state-of-the-art, collaborative facility, an inaugural NSW Health research fund is available for the NSW research community.
The funding is up to $700,000 and covers the collection of biospecimens from people in NSW, as well as processing and storage of prospective or existing collections in the NSW Health Statewide Biobank (NSWHSB).
2018/2019 Grant recipients
2018/2019 Biospecimen Collection Grants have now been announced.
|Grant Recipient||Collection Name||Collection Type||Research Focus|
|Professor Lyn March||The Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC)||Prospective||Musculoskeletal and Autoimmune Disease|
|Professor John Simes||Embedding Research (and Evidence) in Cancer Healthcare -EnRICH||Existing||Lung Cancer|
|Dr Janice Fullerton||45 and Up Bipolar Disorder Substudy||Prospective||Bipolar Disorder|
|Professor Peter Wark||Cystic Fibrosis Biological Specispecimens||Prospective||Cystic Fibrosis|
|Dr Sonu Bhaskar and Professor Murray Killingsworth||NSW Brainclot Bank||Prospective||Ischaemic Stroke|
|Professor Peter Cistulli||Sydney Sleep Biobank||Prospective||Sleep Study|
|Professor Jonathan Iredell||NSW Pathogen Biobank||Existing||Human Microbial Pathogens|
|Dr Martin McNamara||The 45 and Up Biospecimen Collection||Prospective||Population Health|
|Professor Gemma Figtree||The BioHEART Cohort||Existing||Coronary Disease|
|Prof Dominic Dwyer||Serum biobanks for infectious diseases studies||Existing||Infectious Diseases|
|Professor Anna de Fazio||Translational Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (TR-ANZGOG)||Prospective||Gynaecological Oncology|
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About the Biospecimen Collection Grants
The Biospecimen Collection Grants aim to support research on priority health issues affecting the NSW population, such as childhood obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and rare genetic conditions. These collections will also be an important research asset that will help make a difference to the health of the community for generations to come.
Funding of up to $700,000 was made available for Round 1 in 2018/2019. Grants range from $20,000 to $100,000, with individual grants capped at a maximum of $100,000.
Grant funds can be used over a four-year period for:
- biospecimen collection, transport to NSWHSB, receipt, processing and storage
- biospecimen retrieval, dispatch and transport out of the NSWHSB within NSW
- storage of biospecimen related data
Successful applicants are also covered for the following, outside of the grant:
- linkage of the collection to NSW Health data by the CHeReL for the period of this grant, subject to feasibility assessment
- storage of the collection in the NSWHSB beyond the four year term of this grant, pending continued relevance and utility
For more information:
- Contact the Biospecimen Collection Grants team by visiting the Office for Health and Medical Research website or email: MOH-BiospecimenCollectionGrants@moh.health.nsw.gov.au
- Contact the NSW Health Statewide Biobank team: NSWPATH-Biobanking@health.nsw.gov.au
- Contact the Centre for Health Research Linkage (CHeReL): firstname.lastname@example.org