You’ve got a novel research concept. We have a growing database and an engaged research cohort. Together, we can advance science and accelerate the pace of discovery.
In conjunction with 23andMe researchers, de-identified, aggregated data from the 23andMe database can be utilized for selected collaborative projects. Both genotypic and phenotypic information is available from more than 1 million participants.
We are looking for projects that are truly collaborative, where we can help you make novel discoveries from your datasets and recently developed analytic tools.
The types of studies we can participate in may include:
Replication of GWAS findings using the 23andMe research cohort.
Assessing newly developed methods or algorithms.
Application of genotypic data from select ancestry or disease cohorts to enhance ancestry inference and/or disease risk prediction.
Validation of survey responses through clinical assessment.
We are only able to select a handful of collaboration projects each year.
Please review the criteria carefully as you prepare your application.
Scientific quality and innovativeness of the project proposed
Expertise of and resources available to the investigators
Quality, value and willingness to share complementary data resources, new methodologies or approaches that validate our findings
We are committed to supporting researchers, and one way we do this is by enabling access to data we have included in a publication. We provide access to full summary statistics from published 23andMe GWAS for use in your research through a data transfer agreement. To initiate this process, provide a brief description of the research project and list the investigators at your institution that will access the data.submit request
Only applications from researchers associated with an academic institution will be considered for this program. Collaborators can be involved with academic institutions that are domestic or foreign, public or private academic institutions, but the institution must be non-commercial and the research must be for non-commercial purposes.
Researchers may be at any stage of their careers. Applications submitted by a group of researchers at the same institution will also be considered.
Data sharing is structured to provide the same robust privacy protections that 23andMe research participants have as part of their normal participation in 23andMe Research. Only data from 23andMe customers who have accepted 23andMe’s IRB-approved consent document will be incorporated into any analysis. Only de-identified, aggregate data will be shared; no individual level data will be shared. All applicants should take this policy into consideration when designing the research approach.
Any data sharing will take place in accordance with the terms of the 23andMe Academic Research Agreement between a collaborator and 23andMe. Any actions taken by our collaborators that threaten the privacy of 23andMe research participants are grounds for termination of the collaboration and to other remedies described in such agreement.
Academic Research Collaborations Program Manager Nadia Litterman (email@example.com).