About Us

ResearchDataGov.org is a product of the federal statistical agencies and units, created in response to the Foundations of Evidence-based Policymaking Act of 2018. The site is the single portal for discovery of restricted data in the federal statistical system. The agencies have provided detailed descriptions of each data asset. Users can search for data by topic, agency, and keywords. Questions related to the data should be directed to the owning agency, using the contact information on the page that describes the data. In late 2022, users will be able to apply for access to these data using a single-application process built into ResearchDataGov. ResearchDataGov.org is built by and hosted at ICPSR at the University of Michigan, under contract and guidance from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics within the National Science Foundation.

The data described in ResearchDataGov.org are owned by and accessed through the agencies and units of the federal statistical system. Data access is determined by the owning or distributing agency and is limited to specific physical or virtual data enclaves. Even though all data assets are listed in a single inventory, they are not necessarily available for use in the same location(s). Multiple data assets accessed in the same location may not be able to be used together due to disclosure risk and other requirements. Please note the access modality of the data in which you are interested and seek guidance from the owning agency about whether assets can be linked or otherwise used together.

Agency Profile

National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES)

The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) is a principal statistic agency located within the National Science Foundation and is authorized by Section 505 of the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010 . NCSES's mandate is the collection, interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of objective data on the science and engineering enterprise.

Our Mission
NCSES is responsible for statistical data on the following broad areas of interest:
  • Research and Development
  • The science and engineering workforce
  • U.S. competitiveness in science, engineering, technology, and R&D
  • The condition and progress of STEM education in the United States

  • Our Core Activities

    As one of 13 federal statistical agencies, NCSES designs, supports, and directs periodic national surveys and performs a variety of other data collections and research. The following activities form the core of NCSES work:
  • The collection, acquisition, analysis, reporting, and dissemination of statistical data related to the United States and other nations
  • Support of research that uses NCSES data
  • Methodological research in areas related to its work
  • Education and training of researchers in the use of large-scale nationally representative data sets

  • Our Data Products

    NCSES allows eligible individuals the opportunity to apply for access, through the ResearchDataGov site, to restricted data files for select statistical research projects at NCSES’s Secure Data Access Facility and through the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs). In addition, NCSES makes data available through our online data tools, data tables, data profiles, and public use microdata files. For more information about all these options, please see the Explore Data page on the NCSES website.