Application process

If you are interested in having your study supported by the NIHR BioResource please contact us via email (  or phone (0800 090 22 33) to have a discussion about your potential application- this can help your application, as we can check feasibility, or assist in necessary changes to your study ethics, before you submit an application.

If you move on to complete an application, your application will be considered by our NIHR BioResource Steering Committee/Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) and approval must be gained before the study can commence. Please notes that if a study is approved by the NIHR BioResource Steering Committee, then potentially all local BioResource centres can recruit locally as required.

Application to NIHR BioResource Steering committee

Update/amendment to an approved NIHR BioResource study

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Completed forms should be emailed to

Dates applications must be received by for review are:  17th Jan, 18th April, 4th Sept & 19th Nov 2020.

A maximum of 8 new applications will be considered at each NIHR BioResource Steering Committee meeting.

Applications will go for feasibility checks, before being distributed to the Steering Committee for review; please allow 1 month from the dates shown above to receive feedback.

The majority of NIHR BioResource recall studies are based on selecting participants, their samples or data on the basis of data already held. The NIHR BioResource makes every effort to ensure that its data and sample holding accurately represents the participants who have joined.  However there is still a very small chance that errors may have been made during sample-handling and/or data-extraction processes. Researchers are therefore advised to check by a method of their choice any particular aspect of the data provided by the NIHR BioResource, if it is critical to their research.  If in the course of subsequent data analyses we discover any errors, these will be notified to the relevant researchers.

If the next NIHR BioResource Steering Committee meeting is full or if your application is received after the deadline, it will be considered at the next available meeting.

If your application to the NIHR BioResource Steering Committee is successful you will be sent a Study Summary Template and Confirmation of Conduct form by our team to be completed. Volunteer recruitment will not commence until these forms have been returned to us.

Please be aware that we may ask you to amend your study paperwork, including Patient Information Sheet and Consent Form, to ensure that it complies with our Protocol and standards before we are able to commence recruitment.  You will need to ensure your study is approved to run at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and provide an R&D approval letter. 

If you have any questions about the application process or need advice or help with amending study paperwork please email

NIHR BioResource Data Access Application

If you wish to access data only, there is a form available. These forms go to a Data Access Committee, rather than waiting for the next Steering Committee, and so should be processed much more quickly. There is also an additional lightweight version of the form if you want to add new colleagues to an existing application.

To see a list of approved Researchers and Institutions, please click here

Find out more

If you would like to find out further information about the NIHR BioResource, please click the link below, to find the person to direct your enquiries to.