Apply to Join nPOD
For New nPOD Applicants
First-time applicants should use the nPOD Project Application Form and nPOD Material Transfer Agreement (nPOD MTA) to apply to become an nPOD investigator and gain access to nPOD tissues. Please note the nPOD MTA is non-negotiable, but is created to be very simple and non-restrictive by University of Florida legal counsel, and requires no signature on the provider side. The nPOD PI should sign as the Recipient Scientist, and someone with signing authority from the PI’s institution should sign as the Recipient. All diabetes researchers are welcome to apply and it is not necessary to have funding in order to receive samples.
nPOD New Investigator Application Review Process:
All new nPOD applications will be reviewed by nPOD’s Tissue Prioritization Committee, typically on a quarterly basis. When completing your application, please consider that some of nPOD’s precious tissue samples are a finite resource. Meritorious applications will be given access to samples in a prioritized fashion. Before filling out your application, please review the list of current nPOD projects. If your project may appear to duplicate work by an approved nPOD investigator, you are strongly encouraged to justify how your new study will provide additional insights above and beyond what will be gained from the ongoing project. For available sample types and typical distribution, please view more information on this table.
Approximately every two months, nPOD’s Tissue Prioritization Committee meets to review applications. Please make sure to submit your application one week before the date of the meeting.
2021 TPC review meeting dates are February 17, April 14, June 22, October 15, and December 15th. The project application/addendum submission deadline is 3 weeks before the review meeting date.
Availability of nPOD Cases for Assay Validation and Generation of Preliminary Data
The JDRF nPOD has now several available cases that have been retired for distribution to research projects, but can be used for assay validation or generation of preliminary data. Please read more for details.
Special instructions for first-time applicants:
To ensure that your application is reviewed in a timely manner, please be sure to submit the following information with your file:
- NIH-formatted Biographical Sketch for the PI and Co-Investigator(s)
- Research Plan (background, hypothesis, specific aims, preliminary data, study plan)
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or exemption documentation from your institution (unless pending); view nPOD’s current IRB
- nPOD Material Transfer Agreement
For Existing nPOD Applicants
To request an extension of your original application, please submit the sections of the nPOD Project Application form corresponding to an addendum. Do not request samples before receiving approval as this could jeopardize your current nPOD approval. Reasons projects will need an addendum to include:
- Adding a Co-Investigator
- Changing the donor type one was originally approved for
- Changing the sample type one was originally approved for
- Requests for Medalist tissue, if not originally approved to receive them
Current nPOD investigators should visit Request nPOD Samples for information on how to request slides and tissue samples.