CES and the RDCs consider proposals from qualified researchers in social science disciplines consistent with the subject matter of the surveys and censuses collected by the Census Bureau. Proposals may be submitted at any time. All researcher access to restricted–use data occurs at secure Census Research Data Centers.
Proposed projects must
Provide benefit to Census Bureau programs
Demonstrate scientific merit
Require non–public data
Be feasible given the data
Pose no risk of disclosure
Developing and Submitting a Research Proposal
Before preparing your research proposal, consult
RDC administrator at the location where you want to base your project regarding access fees and the content and form of a proposal
The IRS Criteria Document (388 KB), which describes the criteria that the Census Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will apply in reviewing and approving projects that request the use of Federal Tax Information (FTI). Most CES data on businesses, and some data about households and individuals, contain FTI.
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