How to Apply for a Census Project
Please contact the administrator of the Central Plains Federal Statistical Research Data Center (CPRDC) Michael Zweifel
if you are considering writing a proposal. It is best to contact her early in the process so that she can guide you on new processes that are constantly developing.
All research proposals must undergo a rigorous and extensive review process before they can be carried out at an RDC. Researchers must be able to demonstrate that
projects using Census data benefit the Census Bureau, are feasible, meet standards of scientific merit and feasibility, fit within the Census Bureau’s mandate and
satisfy stringent confidentiality requirements. Proposals requesting NCHS and AHRQ data must meet criteria outlined by those agencies.
Discuss your project with the Census Administrator, Michael Zweifel
with your project idea and send a two-page curriculum vitae.
Read the Proposal Guidelines
Write a Preliminary Proposal
using this document, which includes a checklist of tasks you should do before writing the proposal and asks for items required in the full proposal.
Work with the CPRDC Administrator in developing your proposal package which includes:
Submit your proposal to the Census Administrator, Michael Zweifel
, for review.
Obtain Special Sworn Status – Researchers with approved projects are required to obtain special sworn status prior to beginning research at the secure
lab in the CPRDC. To obtain special sworn status, researchers must be fingerprinted, make a sworn statement in the presence of a notary public, and provide
additional information for background checks. Once completed, this process establishes the researcher as a temporary uncompensated employee of the U.S. Census Bureau.
While working on projects at the CPRDC, researchers should consider themselves to be temporary uncompensated Census Bureau employees.
Once approval has been granted and the researcher has gained special sworn status, statistical analysis must be performed within the secured CPRDC lab at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.