NSF/NCSES Restricted–Use Data Procedures Guide


Under certain conditions, restricted access microdata files may be obtained under a license agreement for the following:

  • National Survey of College Graduates
  • National Survey of Recent College Graduates
  • Survey of Doctorate Recipients
  • Survey of Earned Doctorates
  • SESTAT Integrated File

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is bound by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the NSF Act of 1950, as amended, and the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002, Title V, all of which provide for the security and privacy of personally identifiable statistical data.

In some cases, NCSES may provide special tabulations or summary data to meet the specific need for data rather than granting restricted access to microdata files. When granted, restricted access via a license agreement may permit the researcher or data user access to the data files at the researcher's academic institution or via secured, remote access to the NSF-NORC data enclave.

Data for the restricted access files cover 2003 to present.

The Restricted-Use Data Procedures Guide is available in Adobe PDF formats. Persons interested in obtaining restricted use data must complete and return information requested in Appendices C, D, E, and F of the Guide. The PDF fillable format type allows users to enter responses in the form fields and print the completed forms, however responses can be saved electronically only in Adobe Acrobat Professional. Responses cannot be saved using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Users can then sign the printed forms where appropriate and submit the documents to NCSES. For users who want to print blank forms, please use the PDF read only version. For additional information regarding the data license process please contact: Adrian McQueen, 703-292-7807, amcqueen@nsf.gov.

PDF Read Only Licensing Guide and PDF Fillable Licensing Application Forms

Users can type their responses directly into the fillable forms in Adobe Acrobat Reader or Adobe Acrobat Professional. However, users cannot save their responses electronically using Acrobat Reader. The forms must be printed when all fields are completed, otherwise entered information will be lost. The Adobe Acrobat Professional software does allow users to save form data electronically by re-saving the file.


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