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Application Process
CARET has a formal process for submitting and reviewing proposals to use CARET data and specimen samples. Investigators are asked to submit maximum 7 page (11-pt font) scientific proposal addressing specific aims, background and significance, preliminary results (if available), and experimental methods and design. The design and methods section should describe the study population (e.g., inclusion/exclusion criteria, case-control matching criteria), data and specimens being requested, laboratory methods, and statistical analyses and power calculations, as appropriate.
There are CARET expenses associated with sample selection, pulling of samples, data analyses, IRB approval, downsizing of samples, restocking of samples, etc. that will need to be incurred by the applicant. These expenses will need to be negotiated with the CARET Project Manager. If submitting a grant proposal, please discuss these expenses with the CARET Project Manager to include in your grant's budget and justification.
Please submit the CARET Project Application Face Page with your maximum 7 page scientific proposal, and a statement that CARET costs incurred for the study will be negotiated and borne by the investigator by e-mail to or by fax to 206-667-5964. Questions about the application process may be sent to

Review Process
The CARET Principal Investigator selects a primary and two secondary reviewers from the CARET Scientific Review Committee. If the proposed area of study is not consistent with any of the CARET investigators' expertise, an independent outside reviewer may be suggested as the primary reviewer.

The primary reviewer is responsible for summarizing the proposal and presenting his or her critique to the CARET Scientific Review Committee. The two secondary reviewers are responsible for presenting their critiques. All members of the CARET Scientific Review Committee discuss the proposal and vote to approve or disapprove and prioritize the proposal relative to other currently approved proposals.


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