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Data Portal: Call for Applications

Data Portal

Research Access to Confidential Data through the Data Portal

The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is announcing a call for applications for access to Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) and National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) confidential data for research purposes.

Through receipt, review and approval of applications, researchers may access confidential DAWN and NSDUH data through CBHSQ's Data Portal system. The Data Portal is a secure virtual computing environment facilitated through SAMHDA. It is designed to provide authorized researchers access to confidential data for approved research projects. The goal of the Data Portal is to maximize the use of data collected by CBHSQ for important research and policy analyses, while conforming to Federal law and protecting identifiable data from disclosure.

Access to the Data Portal is provided through approved computer location(s) and IP address(es) at the researcher's organization. Users are required to maintain the confidentiality of the data used in the Data Portal. Information cannot be transferred into or out of the secure Data Portal by researchers until a disclosure review is conducted by CBHSQ. CBHSQ will conduct site inspections of each approved applicant.

CBHSQ encourages applications from all qualified research organizations. For more information, see the SAMHDA Data Portal page.

  • Application and Deadline

    The application form is available for download. Completed applications are to be submitted to SAMHDA at dataportal@icpsr.umich.edu. (This does not need to be signed and does not need to include CVs.) The application deadline is Monday, December 15, 2014. Late applications or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Selection Procedure

    The application requires the applicant to justify why the publicly available file(s) is not sufficient for their research project. CBHSQ can only approve a limited number of applications. If more completed applications are received than Data Portal resources can support, additional criteria for evaluating the applications will be used. The primary criteria for selection are:

    1. The behavioral health impact of the proposed project and its potential contribution and alignment with Department of Health & Human Services and SAMHSA missions,
    2. How well the research is aligned with the purpose1 for which the data were collected, and
    3. Whether the data requested is suitable for the proposed research project given data limitations (available sample size or survey content).

    CBHSQ will also consider secondary criteria during selection:

    1. 4. Available resources needed by CBHSQ to prepare data file and the cost of site inspection, and
    2. 5. The experience and capabilities of the research team.
  • Eligibility Criteria of Applicant

    The main applicant (Principal Project Officer) must be directly employed by the organization they represent. The applicant cannot be a visiting faculty member, contractor, temporary employee, or other outside consultant of the organization. If the main applicant's organization is an institution of higher education (university), then the applicant must have an advanced degree (e.g., Ph.D., J.D., M.D. or Ed.D.). Doctoral students cannot apply; they must have a faculty member sponsor their application. Applications will only be accepted from organizations that are within the 50 United States or District of Columbia. An Application will not be approved if the Receiving Organization's place of business is within a private residence.

  • Schedule of Actions

    • Application Deadline: Submitted by December 15, 2014 (late or incomplete applications will not be accepted)
    • Application Approval and Notification: Early 2015
    • Approved applicants have six (6) months to complete the required confidentiality training and submit the required forms. Applications will be terminated for any applicant who fails to meet these requirements within six (6) months of application approval. Applicants with terminated applications will need to reapply for Data Portal access during a future call for applications.

    Future call for applications will be announced, but no set time frame has been established.

  • Questions?

    For questions about the application process, please contact:

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive
    Help Line

1Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) and National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data sets are currently available through the Data Portal. For descriptions of these data sets, see DAWN and NSDUH resources.