How to applyStep by step

Online registration

Applicants first submit a request for registration, providing a current CV, their affiliation, and additional legal information depending on the type of institution. The CHRIS Access Committee approves the registration or requests additional information or clarification from applicants.

Submission of research project proposal

Using fixed templates, applicants submit a scientific project proposal involving access to specified CHRIS data and/or samples. The project proposal should follow the principle of data and sample minimization given the purpose of the project.

Access Committee reviews research project

The CHRIS Access Committee assesses if the access request fulfills all the mandatory legal requirements, the CHRIS study protocol, whether an ethics approval is required and if the research project may cause stigmatisation or discrimination of the CHRIS study participants or the reference population. If all requirements are met the research project is approved.

Access Committee decision on research project proposal

The Access Committee may approve the proposal, approve subject to changes, request further information, or reject the proposal. This decision is then communicated to the Applicant.

Drafting and signing of transfer agreements

For approved proposals data and/or material transfer agreements will be prepared and submitted to the legal representative of the applicant’s institution for review and signature.

Data / samples release

The requested data and/or samples will be made available to the applicant via secure, legally compliant channels once all required transfer agreements have been fully signed.

Research dissemination

Any resulting publication or dissemination (journals, pre-prints, book chapters, theses, abstracts, conference submissions) must be approved through the CHRIS portal prior to publication to ensure there is no risk of identification, discrimination, or stigmatization of participants, that the CHRIS study is correctly cited, and that analyses presented are in line with the approved research project proposal.

Return of data derived from the resource

Data that have been derived from the provided CHRIS data and/or samples must be documented and returned to the Eurac Research upon completion of the project. These new data will further enrich the resource, being made available to other researchers via the CHRIS Portal.

Confirmation of deletion and/or destruction of data/samples

At the end of the research project, all data and samples that have been provided must be deleted and/or returned. Signed confirmation of deletion and/or destruction must be provided to Eurac Research.

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Who can apply

Applicants must be scientific researchers from public or private research institutions. These can be academic institutions or private entities with a research purpose.