The NIHR BioResource is a not-for-profit organisation. Currently, all academic and clinical researchers incur minimal charges on a cost-recovery basis.

Generally, the only costs will be those associated with courier and volunteer expenses. 

Certain activities, such as screening and inviting participants, collecting fresh samples, or providing genotyping information, data or samples, are currently free of charge.

All costs will be discussed and agreed during the review of your application.

Research Industry Organisations: current cost guidelines

Private and commercial organisations will be subject to an initial setup study fee for the primary local BioResource, an enrolment fee (for each additional local centre used), sample fees (for existing samples, for new saliva, blood and/or other sample collections), a screen failure fee, and costs associated with courier and volunteer expenses, where required. These fees are charged per study. 

The following are typical costs for a study.  Individual study costs will be set according to the study protocol.

Item 2022
Initial set-up fee (primary local BioResource)  £12,100
Enrolment fee (for each subsequent local BioResource) £3,630
 Saliva sample £285
Blood sample (per visit) £430
Enrolled volunteer (per visit for anything other than a blood sample) From £430
Up to 250ul of existing plasma/serum aliquot £60
Screen failure fee £430
Costs associated with sample shipping and volunteer expenses (including all travel & parking costs) As applicable
Data (per data set) Minimum £28


The following costs are typical costs for data access requests based on the size of the request:

  • Pilot  £8,000
  • Small £10,000
  • Medium  £25,000
  • Large £50,000

SMEs who can provide evidence of status will be offered reduced rates.

NIHR BioResource reserves the right to change costs at any time without notice.