Iowa Social Science Research Center

Request for Proposals for CPRDC Seed Grants

The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC), in cooperation with the Public Policy Center and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, offers funding to support researchers interested in developing proposals to access to the Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC). 

In addition to our data collection, data analysis, and grant support services, the ISRC supports access to the CPRDC for faculty at the University of Iowa, which is a member of the CPRDC consortium.

What is the Central Plains Research Data Center?

The Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC) provides researchers access to confidential micro-level data in finer detail than available in public use data sets. The CPRDC is a secure facility located at UNL operated in cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statistics, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and other federal agencies. The CPRDC website provides valuable information on available datasets. 


The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC), along with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, invite researchers at the University of Iowa to submit a short two-page seed award proposal that will provide funding for researchers to develop a full research protocol that provides access to the restricted-use microdata available through the CPRDC housed at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL).

Due Date

Proposals are due by 8am, Monday, April 2, 2018.

Information Session

The ISRC will host an information session to answer questions about the available data and the Census RDC application process at 8AM, Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in room 2390 University Capitol Centre (Executive Boardroom).


We will fund up to six faculty proposals at up to $5,000 each and five graduate student proposals at $1,000 each.

Faculty may use funding in a variety of ways that directly assist in developing a full research protocol for gaining access to data housed at the CPRDC. Proposals from tenure-track or tenured faculty, clinical track faculty, research faculty, lecturers, and staff could include funding for the following:

  1. Hire a student (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, biweekly or part of GA appointment) to assist in background research and proposal preparation.
  2. Salary support for the researcher to perform activities related to proposal preparation.
  3. Purchase data necessary to merge with CPRDC data, e.g., in order to combine existing data with lower-level geographic data available through the CPRDC one might need to purchase geographic identifiers not publicly available.

See the detailed RFP for more information.