The Colon CFR (CCFR) welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with other researchers/research groups.

To get an idea of the application process we encourage you to review this FLOW DIAGRAM. 

This template INFORMATION SHEET describes the steps taken once an application for collaboration has been approved.

To apply to collaborate with the CCFR, follow these steps:

  1. Review the LIST OF APPROVED APPLICATIONS for potential overlap*.
  2. Download the template CCFR Data Use Agreement (DUA) TEMPLATE and have it reviewed to assess whether your institution can agree to the terms as written.
  3. Download the APPLICATION FOR COLLABORATION FORM and submit the completed and signed form via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Allyson Templeton (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

*PLEASE NOTE:  With more than 340 approved applications utilizing CCFR data and/or biospecimens, overlapping research questions have become more frequent. Thus, please take notice that the same CCFR data may be shared with multiple investigators and is done so on a first-come basis. The proposed analyses may vary a little or a lot and the Colon CFR data contribution to overlapping projects may also vary. No one investigator has exclusive rights to the CCFR data that is shared. You are strongly encouraged to review the list of approved CCFR applications for overlap (above), and to contact our  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or investigators with similar projects to avoid surprises.

Soon after the submission of your application, we will be in contact to arrange a meeting with you to discuss your application. The aim of this meeting is to clarify the study criteria and ensure we have the data/biospecimens required to support your application. Once that 'feasibility' has been determined, your application will be considered by each Principal Investigator (PI) for collaboration. Agreement to collaborate may come from some or all of the PIs. 

Useful Links:

  • Questionnaires used by the CCFR are publicly accessible here.
  • CCFR Summary data describing the resource are available here.
  • CCFR Recruitment information and participant eligibility criteria and other CCFR information are available under Supplementary Data here.
  • The CCFR Resource and GWAS Data Sharing Plan can be found here.

Additional Forms:

  • Amendment Form (updated Apr 24, 2023) - download 
  • Data and/or Biospecimen Request Form (DRF) (updated Apr 24, 2023) - download
  • Biospecimen Product Pricing: 2023 (updated Apr 24, 2023) - download