Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for COVID-19 research to collect my own prospective samples?

Given the current environment, it is important for the success of this biobank to limit multiple requests to potential participants that currently have approved sample collection protocols for non-COVID-19 studies. Unless formally exempted, one should not be specifically collecting COVID-19 samples.

How do I apply for COVID-19 related research?

There is an established COVID-19 Prioritization Committee.  If you are ready to submit to the HSR portal, the committee will receive your application through that mechanism. 

Will data connected to these samples and patients be available?

A main goal for the COVID-19 Biobank is to make data on specimens and subject to be available to the wider research community in as quickly and efficiently a manner as possible. Updates will be made once a data platform is functional and accessible to researchers.

When will I get access to these samples?

Due to the nature of the majority of samples being retrieved from clinically discarded specimens, it is not possible to determine what will be available for researchers at this time. We will update applicants to the COVID-19 Steering and Allocation Advisory Committee who have been approved for research when samples are available.

What type of samples are available in the COVID-19 Biobank?

Sample Types that should become available from the COVID-19 Biobank:

1. Serum
2. Plasma/EDTA
3. Plasma/heparin
5. BAL (bronchoalveolar lavage)
6. Nasal/oral swab
7. FFPE tissue
8. Citrated plasma
9. CSF
10. Isolates (DNA/RNA)
11. Urine
12. Stool
13. Cord Blood and Placenta

If I have a question who do I contact?

For general COVID-19 Biobank Specimen Repository inquiries contact

How long will it take to get these samples?

Please consult the COVID-19 Biobank Application Timeline for information.

I am getting a lot of errors from the eRA Commons Validations related to Human Subjects / CT Section of my proposal but I am not sure what is wrong. How do I fix this?

Most errors in this section are a result of answers to questions in Section 4 when the proposal is not a clinical trial and should therefore not have any answers in that section. Refer to the NIH General Instructions section on completing the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form.

How do I add personnel to the proposal who are not budgeted on the project or who have no measurable effort but should still have their biosketch included?

Personnel who will not be included in the budget must be added in the Personnel section. Personnel need to be added as either "Consultant - Key" or "Other Significant" organizations. Mentors are a good example of someone who would fall into this category

How do I change the Project Period or add a budget period?

Changing the project period and adding (or removing) years is done in the Budget section of the proposal. Under the Setup tab in the Budget, click on the Period/Date in the upper ribbon menu. From the page, the Project Dates can change or shifted, and budget periods can be added or deleted by clicking on either the "Add" or "Delete" buttons.

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