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.
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 MOH-OHMRGrants@health.nsw.gov.au.
|Call for applications||30 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 close||21 August 2020|
|Announcement of successful applicants||October 2020|
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:
- welcome and introduction to the NSWHSB
- overview of the OHMR Biospecimen Collection Grant and application process
- important information about data linkage and the CHeReL
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
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