Investigators can access the IBD BioResource by submitting a short application to ibd@bioresource.nihr.ac.uk outlining their proposed project, confirming its approval by a research ethics committee and detailing appropriate funding support.

The proposal will be reviewed by the NIHR BioResource SAB to confirm its suitability; and approved projects will then be supported. Patients meeting inclusion criteria will be contacted by the IBD BioResource team with a letter of invitation and a patient information leaflet. For volunteers willing to participate appropriate arrangements will be made, for example, to gather information or collect fresh samples of blood or stool (this will be done by the IBD BioResource team to preserve patient confidentiality), or perhaps engage patients in intervention studies (which is more complex but entirely ‘do-able’, requiring clinical trials agreements to be set up with a subset of the hospitals participating with the IBD BioResource and then recruiting from their patient cohorts).

The deadline for receipt of new applications is 2 weeks prior to the date of the SAB meeting.

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

If your application to the SAB 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.

If you have any questions about the application process or need advice or help with amending study paperwork please email ibd@bioresource.nihr.ac.uk.