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Last Updated: 09/14/16

Current Funding Opportunities

Visit this page often to find new biospecimen-related funding opportunities from the NCI Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch and other NIH Research Programs.

Integrating Biospecimen Science Approaches into Clinical Assay Development (U01)

Posted date: April 5, 2016; Expiration date: June 23, 2017
Application receipt dates: June 22, 2016; February 13, 2017; October 11, 2017; June 22, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support extramural research to investigate and mitigate challenges facing clinical assay development due to tissue biopsy biospecimen preanalytical variability. The program will tie in with current efforts to optimize clinical biomarker assays utilized in NCI-sponsored clinical trials. Results from this research program will improve the understanding of how biopsy collection, processing, and storage procedures may affect all aspects of analytical performance for current and emerging clinical biomarkers, as well as expedite clinical biomarker assay development through the evidence-based standardization of biopsy handling practices. Critical information gained through these research awards may increase the reliability of clinical biomarker assays, reduce time requirements for assay development, and decrease assay failure during late-stage testing.

CDP contact: Dr. Abhi Rao, 240-276-5715,

Past Funding Opportunities

A complete list of past funding opportunities is available in the Past Funding Opportunities section.