2018/2019 applications are now closed

Biospecimen Collection Grants

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 RecipientCollection NameCollection TypeResearch Focus
Professor Lyn MarchThe Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC)ProspectiveMusculoskeletal and Autoimmune Disease
Professor John SimesEmbedding Research (and Evidence) in Cancer Healthcare -EnRICHExistingLung Cancer
Dr Janice Fullerton45 and Up Bipolar Disorder SubstudyProspectiveBipolar Disorder
Professor Peter WarkCystic Fibrosis Biological SpecispecimensProspectiveCystic Fibrosis
Dr Sonu Bhaskar and Professor Murray KillingsworthNSW Brainclot BankProspectiveIschaemic Stroke
Professor Peter CistulliSydney Sleep BiobankProspectiveSleep Study
Professor Jonathan IredellNSW Pathogen BiobankExistingHuman Microbial Pathogens
Dr Martin McNamaraThe 45 and Up Biospecimen CollectionProspectivePopulation Health
Professor Gemma FigtreeThe BioHEART CohortExistingCoronary Disease
Prof Dominic DwyerSerum biobanks for infectious diseases studiesExistingInfectious Diseases
Professor Anna de FazioTranslational Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (TR-ANZGOG)ProspectiveGynaecological 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

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

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