National Cancer Institute
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Cancer Control and Population Sciences

SEER-Medicare: Proposal Review Process

Representatives from the NCI and SEER will be responsible for reviewing each proposal. The review and approval process generally takes 4-6 weeks from receipt of proposals.

If the reviewing agencies have concerns about confidentiality arising from the project, investigators may revise their proposal. However, if there are ongoing concerns about confidentiality, SEER-Medicare data will not be released, regardless of whether an investigator has already been funded by another agency or organization to conduct an analysis using the data. Therefore, investigators planning to use the SEER-Medicare data as part of a grant are encouraged to obtain approval for release of the data before submitting their grant proposal.

Criteria for Approving Requests

NCI encourages outside investigators to use SEER-Medicare data. Requests for these data will be approved unless one of the following conditions occurs:

  • The proposed research involves data that may compromise the privacy or confidentiality of patients, providers, or institutions.
  • The central purpose of the study is not research.
  • The research goals are not feasible using the SEER-Medicare data.
  • The data processing necessary to produce the requested files places an unusually heavy burden on data processing staff.

Last modified:
28 Apr 2006
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