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Biospecimen Collection Grants

The Biospecimen Collection Grants enable researchers to develop collections of high quality biospecimens and associated data that will facilitate research on priority health issues affecting the NSW population.

The collections will be an important research asset that will help make a difference to the health of the community for generations to come.

The NSW Government has invested $800,000 in Round 2 of the Biospecimen Collection Grants program over the next four years (2020 – 2024).

Biospecimens will be collected via the statewide NSW Health Pathology network, processed and stored in the NSW Health Statewide Biobank (NSWHSB) and linked to NSW Health data collections by the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL), a dedicated data linkage centre within NSW Health. Grants will support prospective collections or existing collections that are still collecting biospecimens, with Individual Grants capped at $100,000.

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Funding Guidelines, the Biospecimen Collection Grant Application Form and comprehensive FAQs are available on the Office for Health and Medical Research (OHMR) website.

The Office for Health and Medical Research is available to support the development of applications. Please email queries to

Key dates

Activity Date
Call for applications30 June 2020
Information Session 1 – closed 16 July 2020
Information Session 2 – closed 21 July 2020
Final date to submit NSWHSB EOI for feasibility assessment and quote (see funding guidelines)24 July 2020
Final date to submit Data Linkage EOI for feasibility assessment (see funding guidelines)24 July 2020
Applications close21 August 2020
Announcement of successful applicantsOctober 2020
Dates subject to change

Information Sessions

The NSWHSB, together with the CHeReL and OHMR, delivered two virtual Information Sessions to support researchers applying for the Biospecimen Collection Grant.

While these sessions are no longer available, you can access the accompanying presentation slides:

Supporting documents

Strategic Collection Access Policy
NSW Health Consent Toolkit
Return of Incidental Findings Guideline
Ethically Defensible Plan (EDP) Guideline
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) I
Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) II (updated agreement coming soon)
NSWHSB Service Options and Costs
NSWHSB Standard Agreement
Contact the NSW Health Statewide Biobank team at

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.

Individual Grants of up to $100,000 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

Funding will be paid directly to NSWHSB and CHeReL for their services.

See our 2018/2019 Grant recipients

For more information:

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