How to Apply for Banked Samples

1. Contact ARB

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2. Project Planning and Budgeting

You will be asked to prepare a short description of your project, what kind of samples and how many you will need and any linked clinical data you might require. This will help the ARB team identify the right resources that will be needed to support your project. You will also be given an estimate of the cost of the collection so you can write it into your grant application

Guide to developing a budget for tissue banking using banked tissue 

Sample Type


Price Per Sample

Serum, Plasma, Buffy coat, whole blood sample



Bone marrow (cell pellet)

~20M cells


Bone marrow (DMSO viable pellet)

~50M cells





Fresh frozen tissue

5mm x 5mm





FFPE block (on site)

1 block


FFPE block (off site)

1 block





Additional Services



Tissue mark up

per H&E slide


H&E slide

Per slide


Unstained slides

up to 10 slides


Admin/courier fee

North Island


Admin/courier fee

South Island





-80 storage (per rack per year)



-196 storage (per rack per year)






Annotated data

Per hour






Per patient



3. Ethical Approval

Researchers require their own project specific ethical approval to access tissues that have been banked for Future Unspecified Research (FUR) . See Ethics section in How we can help you page

4. Submit a formal Application for Sample Withdrawal form to the ARB

After ethical approval has been obtained from the appropriate Ethics Committee, you need to complete an Application for Sample Withdrawal Form and submit it to the ARB.

The application for sample withdrawal from the bank will be reviewed by its Scientific Advisory Board. Once approved, samples will be released.

Sample withdrawal application form