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Federal Statistical Research Data Centers

Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDC) are partnerships between federal statistical agencies and leading research institutions. FSRDCs provide secure environments supporting qualified researchers using restricted-access data while protecting respondent confidentiality.

The federal statistical system has developed the standard application process (SAP) Portal, which is a web-based data catalog and common application that serves 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 and view the SAP Explainer Video. Information about applying for access to restricted-use microdata in the FSRDCs using the SAP portal is available on the standard application process website.

Assistance from an FSRDC administrator will greatly reduce the need for future revisions to your SAP application.  If you are unsure which FSRDC to contact or have a general question, please reach out to the Census Bureau at ced.fsrdc.info@census.gov.

Researchers interested in analyzing federal agency microdata that are not publicly available might benefit from using a Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC). This introductory video describes what FSRDCs are, what kinds of data are available, and how to access an FSRDC. We look forward to working with you!

Page Last Revised - July 5, 2023
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