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Biospecimen Collection Grants

These Grants enable researchers to develop collections of high quality biospecimens and associated data.

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank can store more than 3 million biospecimen samples.

The Biospecimen Collection Grants supports the development of collections of high quality biospecimens and associated data. The aim is to build a research asset of biospecimens for the NSW state and beyond to facilitate research on priority health issues affecting the NSW population.

The biospecimens will be collected via the statewide NSW Health Pathology network and processed and stored in the NSW Health Statewide Biobank, a $12 million state-of-the-art facility supporting world class medical research. The biospecimens will be linked to NSW Health data collections by the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL), a dedicated data linkage centre within NSW Health. In this way each biospecimen collection is curated with data that builds over time.

The round two forms part of an ongoing state-wide biobanking strategy to standardise and harmonise biobank resources and biobanking.

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Applications open: 30 June 2020
Data Linkage EOI form due to the CHeReL: 24 July 2020
NSWHSB EOI form due to the NSWHSB: 24 July 2020
Applications close: 21 August 2020
Outcomes notified by: October 2020
  • Biospecimen Collection Grants: Round Two Application Form

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Applications should be submitted by email to MOH-OHMRGrants@health.nsw.gov.au by 5pm 21 August 2020.

All applications will be acknowledged within 48 hours by return email. If an acknowledgement is not received, you must contact MOH-OHMRGrants@health.nsw.gov.au.immediately.

Any queries regarding Biospecimen Collection Grants program, please email MOH-OHMRGrants@health.nsw.gov.au.

Before you apply

Guidelines

Information sessions

Information sessions were held on:

  • 16 July 2020, 12 noon
  • 21 July 2020, 12 noon

The sessions provided an opportunity to clarify the intent and scope of the program and to answer questions about the application process, data linkage and biobanking at the NSW Health Statewide Biobank.

You can access the session presentations from the NSW Health Statewide Biobank website.

Supporting documents

All supporting documentation including the Consent Toolkit, standard agreements, policies and protocols can be found at https://biobank.health.nsw.gov.au/researchers/biospecimen-collection-grants/.

Information about data linkage for biospecimen collections can be found at https://www.cherel.org.au/apply-for-biolink

Guidance for applicants

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

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Can you please advise if the grant applications need to undergo an internal review and endorsement process by the local health district?

An internal review and endorsement process is not required for this grant application however endorsement by the local health district executive is likely to be beneficial.

Are privately funded biotechnology companies eligible to apply?

A privately funded biotechnology company is not eligible to apply as an individual organisation. However, you will be eligible if you collaborate with any of the NSW entities as listed in the Expressions of Interest Form and NSW entity being listed as the Host Organisation.

Are ACT based researchers eligible to apply?

The grants are for NSW based entities and researchers as listed in the Expressions of Interest Form. Also, biospecimens need to be from people in NSW. However you will be eligible to apply if you partner or collaborate with a NSW entity and nominate the NSW entity as the Host Organisation and the biospecimens are from people in NSW.

What are the priority health issues of NSW?

There is no specific list of priority health issues of NSW. Applicants are expected to make the case that their collection will support research into a priority health issue of NSW. For more information, please refer to HealthStats NSW.

Are researchers from states and territories other than NSW eligible to apply?

The grants are for NSW based entities and researchers. Also, biospecimens need to be from people in NSW. However, applicants outside NSW will be eligible to apply if they partner or collaborate with a NSW entity and nominate the NSW entity as the Host Organisation, and the biospecimens are from people in NSW.

Do applicants need to have data linked to the biospecimens?

Yes. Linkage of the specimens to the Biospecimen Linked Standard Data asset is an eligibility criterion. Also, one of the selection criteria is to demonstrate the use of health administrative datasets. Applicants should describe how the flagship research drawn from the collection will leverage the NSW Health administrative datasets linked to the collection. More information is in the Funding Guidelines.

Do the biospecimens need to be stored in the NSW Health Statewide Biobank?

Yes. More information about what the grant funds and supports is in Appendix 4 of the Funding Guidelines.

Do collections of biospecimens and data have to be made available to other researchers?

Yes. The aim of the grant is to build research assets for NSW. However, access requests from other researchers will need to be considered and approved by a committee. The collection custodian will need to support any access request. More information is in the NSWHSB Access Policy.

Is Data Linkage free under the grant?

The cost of linkage to routinely collected and used data collections is free (ie. does not come out of the funds allocated to a successful grantee). However, bespoke linkage requirements, including linkage to datasets which are not routinely collected may incur additional costs. Examples of routinely collected NSW Health data and accompanying data dictionaries can be accessed at https://www.cherel.org.au/datasets. For your specific linkage requirements, cost estimation or grant conditions pertaining to data linkage please contact the CHeReL staff at Biolink-Cherel@health.nsw.gov.au

Funded collections

The following lists of collections have received funding through the Biospecimen Collection Grants scheme.

  • Collection
  • Recipient
  • Organisation

 

 

 

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