Restricted-Access Research Data Centers (RDCs)

Status: Not accepting proposals

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.

Supports the establishment of new Research Data Centers, Census Bureau facilities that provide researchers with access to confidential microdata.


This solicitation invites proposals for the establishment of new Research Data Centers (RDCs).  RDCs are secure Census Bureau facilities within which external researchers are given access to confidential micro data in accordance with specific statutory requirements.  NSF will provide start-up costs for new RDC facilities.  Potential investigators first must contact Census regarding the feasibility of sponsoring an RDC prior to submitting a proposal to NSF.

Program contacts

Cheryl L. Eavey (703) 292-7269 SBE/SES
Nancy A. Lutz (703) 292-7280 SBE/SES

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