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Research Data Center LogoPropsal Review Process

To use the RDC, you must send a complete proposal to the RDC Director, as an email attachment. To make this process as easy as possible, we've provided a proposal checklist  and a sample proposal Click to open pdf file 129 KB.


Proposal Review

Upon receipt, the proposal will be evaluated by a review committee for feasibility, content, and disclosure risk. The committee meets on a rolling basis. An RDC Staff Analyst will contact the researcher(s) within a week of the completed review. The total turnaround time is about 6-8 weeks.


The Proposal Review Committee

The Proposal Review Committee consists of the:

  • RDC Director
  • RDC staff liaison
  • Representative(s) from the relevant data system(s)
  • The NCHS Confidentiality Officer

The Proposal Review Committee Considers

  • Scientific and technical feasibility of the project
  • Appropriateness of the proposed data set (s) for the project
  • Availability of resources at the RDC
  • Risk of disclosure of restricted information
  • For projects using NCHS data, whether the proposed project is in accordance with the mission of the NCHS, which is to provide statistical information that will guide actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.


Review Committee Actions

The Proposal Review Committee will issue one of the following decisions:

  • Approve
  • Revise and resubmit
  • Disapprove

Please note: Approval of an application does not constitute endorsement by NCHS of the substantive, methodological, theoretical, policy relevance, or merit of the proposed research. NCHS approval only constitutes a judgment that this research, as described in the application, is not an illegal use of the requested data file and that there is high probability that the project can be successfully completed in the RDC.


For more information, contact

Peter Meyer, Director

Research Data Center

National Center for Health Statistics

3311 Toledo Road, Suite 4113

Hyattsville, MD 20782

(301) 458-4375

(301) 458-4039 (fax)


Page Last Modified: December 15, 2008




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