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Step 1: Prepare and submit your application

More than 95% of all applications get approved

Download your personal application form and apply for data, biosamples, linkage of Lifelines data to other data sources, and/or your own additional Lifelines study. Read this page for more information regarding your application and learn how to apply for Lifelines data!


1. Check the overview of approved applications

Many applications have been approved by Lifelines. Check the overview of approved applications for overlap with your own research proposal. Please note, Lifelines does not take overlap with other projects into account when reviewing applications.

Approved applications

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2. Personalized application form

Complete our online application tool and create your own personal application form. The application form will be automatically send to your email address*. Additionally, if you are relatively unknown to Lifelines there will be a personal follow-up from the Lifelines Research Office.
* Automization is currently being finalized.

Application tool

3. Complete your personal application form

In the application form, we ask you about your research team, your research questions, the expected impact of your research project on healthy aging, the data and/or biosamples you want to request, how you plan to conduct your research and in which environment, your timeline, and financing. 

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4. Data request

Make a data selection using our online data catalogue. In this data catalogue you can select variables needed for your research. The finalized application form has to be submitted together with the variable selection via the data catalogue. After submitting, the Lifelines Research Office will be notified of your application.

Please note: If your project includes access to data that cannot be requested via the data catalogue (e.g. omics data, biosamples, data from other data sources), you can indicate this in your application form.

Our data catalogue manual provides you with more information on how to make your selection. Learn more about using filters, default variables, (sub)sections, assessments etc.

Data catalogue


In some cases, the default route of submitting the application form together with a variable selection via the data catalogue is not feasible. Here we list the most common scenarios:


We recommend you to prepare your own participant selection to identify your target population and sample size. In some cases however it can be preferred that Lifelines performs the participants selection. For example when you want Lifelines, as a previously defined cohort, to do the selection for your case-control study. Or when you only need a small amount of biosamples for a pilot study to determine feasibility for sampling a large population or to test (and validate) an new analysis method. Please be aware that Lifelines can only perform a participant selection based on a limited number of simple selection criteria. In case you want Lifelines to do the selection for you: 

  • Please fill out the request for biosamples section in the application form and describe the criteria for the required study population. In this case you don’t need to make a data selection and you don’t need to upload the completed form in our online catalogue. You can return the completed application form to
  • Once the sample analyses are complete and you are ready to link the results to existing data, you can submit a variable selection via the data catalogue at a later stage of the project.


Additional study

  • If your study focuses on the collection of additional data or samples, you may email your completed application form (including a description of the collection protocol) without a variable selection to our Research Office, instead of submitting it via the data catalogue.
  • Once the additional data/sample collection is completed and you are ready to link the results to existing data, you can submit a variable selection via the data catalogue.

UGLI consortium project

  • If you are requesting UGLI specific SNP data and you are part of our genetic data consortium (UGLI), you may email your completed application form without a variable selection to, instead of submitting it via the data catalogue.
  • Note that an UGLI consortium project is defined by
    1. the primary applicant being an UGLI consortium member
    2. the project’s main purpose involving UGLI data.

Non-academic organizations

Are you a scientist or analyst working at a research-oriented private company and interested in answering some research questions using our data and/or biosamples? Then you are entitled to submit an application form and to follow our default application process. 
Important to note: researchers from private companies are currently only allowed to access our data via our Virtual Research Workspace, and may not use the Lifelines UMCG High Performance Cluster (HPC) (see research environments for more information). 

Lifelines currently does not support projects from private companies aimed at drug optimalisation, insurance policy development, or commercialization of products, in line with our participant consent form. For more information, please contact the Research Office.

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