Medizinische Universität Graz

Access rules of Biobank Graz

Flowchart: Processing of Biobank Graz Research Project applications



1 Forms for project enquiry and project proposal can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

2 Clinical departments and institutes of Medical University of Graz/University Hospital Graz collecting samples and data to be stored at Biobank Graz appoint Biobank representatives (BR) that pursue the research interests of the delegating institutions in cooperation with Biobank Graz. BRs prepare reports on submitted biobank projects that form the basis for the decisions of the approval committee (AC).

3 The Biobank Graz Approval Committee (AC) is an independent committee comprising five senior scientists from Medical University of Graz who make decisions regarding the implementation of Biobank Graz project proposals.

Members of Approval Committee (as of 01/2017):

  • Univ.-Prof. Thomas Bauernhofer
  • Dr.rer.nat. Luka Brcic
  • Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr.rer.nat. Ellen Heitzer
  • O.Univ.-Prof. Hans-Jörg Mischinger
  • Univ.-Prof. Regina Roller-Wirnsberger


The above scheme shows how project requests are processed. After a project enquiry is filed, Biobank Graz checks whether the required (suitable) samples and data are available.

The next step in the project development is an interactive process that includes the definition of the study protocol and the study cohort and leads to the project proposal. This interactive and interdisciplinary discussion process often results in research co-operations.


The AC assesses the submitted project proposals. Its decision process to approve or reject a given project proposal takes into account statements from BRs from the institutes and departments that contribute to Biobank Graz by collecting samples and data and which pursue their own research interest in the research area of the respective project.

The composition and modus operandi of the AC and the BR are governed by the “Procedural rules of the Approval Committee of the Biobank Graz, Med Uni Graz" (German) (>>download<<).


The AC applies to the following decision criteria:

  • Project is consistent with the objectives of Biobank Graz (research project, no sample and data trade), clearly recognizable benefit for the general public
  • Promotion of the research interests of Medical University of Graz, resultant research co-operations
  • Scientific quality of the project (relevance of research, feasibility)
  • Relative value of the samples (number of equivalent samples at Biobank Graz; incidence /prevalence of the illness; estimated time to recollect spent samples)



The following standards apply for the project implementation:

  • Samples are preferably not to be transferred outside Medical University of Graz. Instead, on-site analysis using the core facilities of the Center for Medical Research is favoured. Sample transfer must be justified at project submission.
  • The recipient must provide proof that the research project has gained the approval of the local ethics committee. The AC, however, reserves the right to require the submission of the research project to the Ethics Committee of the Medical University of Graz.
  • The response time of Biobank Graz depends on the complexity of the submitted project. Project requests are generally answered within 48h. As a rule the decision of the AC is delivered within 3 weeks.


The required forms for a project application can be downloaded here >>

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