At Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs), qualified researchers can access restricted-use microdata from a variety of statistical agencies to address important research questions. Federal and state statistical agencies collaborate with the Census Bureau to provide microdata to approved researchers in the secure FSRDC environment. Currently, seven federal partner agencies provide data directly through the FSRDCs. Many other agencies who sponsor surveys or collect administrative data collaborate with the FSRDC program by making available the data collected from respondents or program participants. A list of partner and collaboration agencies, with links to the data they make available, is provided below.
The FSRDC program is a partnership of federal statistical agencies who provide access to restricted-use data to qualified researchers on approved projects throughout the country. These agencies also participate in the governance and oversight of the program. Explore the sections below to learn more about the data each agency makes available, proposal requirements, and applicable fees charged by each agency to access their data.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.
AHRQ's priority areas of focus are: (1) Improve health care quality by accelerating implementation of patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR). (2) Make health care safer. (3) Increase accessibility to health care. (4) Improve health care affordability, efficiency, and cost transparency.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis is the world’s trusted, impartial source of comprehensive data about the U.S. economy. BEA’s economic statistics, free and accessible to all, inform decision making by businesses, entrepreneurs, households, and governments. Our mission is to promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing timely, relevant, and accurate economic data in an objective and cost-effective manner.
As part of BEA’s work producing international trade and investment statistics, BEA collects company data that must be kept confidential by law. Specifically, BEA collects company data about foreign direct investment, the activities of multinational enterprises, and international trade in services. BEA recognizes a public interest in research using the company data we collect. Outside researchers who are U.S. citizens can apply to use BEA’s company data for analytical and statistical purposes under strict guidelines to ensure confidentiality.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.
BLS data must satisfy a number of criteria, including relevance to current social and economic issues, timeliness in reflecting today’s rapidly changing economic conditions, accuracy and consistently high statistical quality, and impartiality in both subject matter and presentation.
The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation’s leading provider of quality data about its people and economy. We honor privacy, protect confidentiality, share our expertise globally, and conduct our work openly. We are guided in this mission by scientific objectivity, our strong and capable workforce, our devotion to research-based innovation, and our abiding commitment to our customers. Our researchers explore innovative ways to conduct surveys, increase respondent participation, reduce costs, and improve accuracy.
RDC research is critical to the Census Bureau. One way for the Census Bureau to check the quality of the data it collects, edits, and tabulates is to make its microdata records available in a controlled, secure environment to sophisticated users who, by employing the micro records in the course of rigorous analysis, will uncover the strengths and weaknesses of the microdata records. Each set of observations is the result of many decision rules covering definitions, classifications, coding procedures, processing rules, editing rules, disclosure rules, and so on. The validity and consequences of all these decision rules only become evident when the Census Bureau's micro databases are tested in the course of analysis. These analyses can also help address important policy questions without the need for additional, expensive and burdensome data collections.
The mission of Statistics of Income (SOI) is to formulate and execute the statistical policies, practices, and programs of the Internal Revenue Service. We collect, analyze, safeguard, and disseminate information on Federal taxation in support of tax administration, economic policy development, and financial analysis; we serve a broad range of users in the IRS, the Federal government, the public, and the nonprofit sectors; we provide statistical support within the Service for a broad range of program evaluation and measurement analytics; and we lead efforts to modernize Federal statistical programs and practices through engagement with the Federal statistical community.
The mission of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people. As the Nation's principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.
Collaborating with other public and private health partners, NCHS employs a variety of data collection mechanisms to obtain accurate information from multiple sources. This process provides a broad perspective to help us understand the population’s health, influences on its health, and health outcomes. We collect data from birth and death records, medical records, interview surveys, and through direct physical examinations and laboratory testing.
NCHS conducts a myriad of data dissemination activities, including its Research Data Center (RDC). The RDC provides secure access to a full range of data at a greater level of detail than is released to the public.
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) is the nation's leading provider of statistical data on the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. As one of 13 federal statistical agencies, NCSES designs, supports, and directs periodic national surveys and performs a variety of other data collections and research.
NCSES’s mission is to collect data related to research and development (R&D); the science and engineering (S&E) workforce; U.S. competitiveness in S&E, technology, and R&D; and the condition and progress of STEM education in the United States.
As part of its mandate to provide information useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and the public, NCSES prepares about 30 reports a year, including Science and Engineering Indicators for the National Science Board and Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering.
Many additional federal agencies make their survey and administrative data available through the FSRDCs. Explore the links below to learn more about the data each agency makes available.
Collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice system.
Administers data collection, analysis, and reporting to ensure the most cost-effective use of transportation-monitoring resources.
Collects, analyzes, and disseminates independent and impartial energy information.
Protects human health and the environment.
Has a long history of collecting data to deliver Social Security services that meet the changing needs of the public.
Consult Administrative Data (census.gov) for a list of Social Security Administration (SSA) restricted-use datasets available to FSRDC researchers, including the Numident, and Uses of Administrative Data at the Social Security Administration (ssa.gov) for more information about the available datasets. Both the Census Bureau and SSA need to approve research proposals using SSA data.
Informs and enhances public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development.
Creates strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
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 the “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.
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 email@example.com.