The Census Bureau considers proposals from qualified researchers in social science disciplines consistent with the subject matter of the surveys and censuses collected by the Census Bureau. All researcher access to restricted–use data occurs at secure Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC).
Proposed projects must:
The Census Bureau maintains and enhances confidential Census Bureau microdata for use in social science research at FSRDCs. A comprehensive catalog of Census Bureau microdata is available via the Standard Application Process (SAP) Portal (see below for a description of the SAP).
Before preparing your research proposal, consult
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 calls for the Federal government to establish a standard application process (SAP) through which agencies, the Congressional Budget Office, State, local, and Tribal governments, researchers, and other individuals, as appropriate, may apply for access to confidential microdata. In response, the federal statistical system is developing the SAP Portal at www.ResearchDataGov.org. The SAP Portal is a web-based data catalog (including comprehensive metadata) and common application that will serve as a “front door” to apply for confidential data from any of the 16 principal federal statistical agencies and units for evidence building purposes. To learn more about the SAP, please visit the Standard Application Process Overview webpage. On December 8, 2022, the SAP Portal began accepting applications to access confidential microdata.
Existing applications in process or under review will continue to be reviewed under the pre-SAP portal process. Users with questions about arrangements for use of restricted-use data should contact the Census Bureau directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.