ISRC awards seven CPRDC seed grants


The Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC), in cooperation with the Public Policy Center and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), awarded seven seed grants that provide funding for researchers to develop a full research protocol that provides access to the restricted-use microdata available through the Central Plains Research Data Center (CPRDC) housed at UNL. The University of Iowa is a member of the CPRDC consortium.

Receiving the seven awards are:

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 and 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 seed grants may be used in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Hire a student (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, biweekly or part of GA appointment) to assist in background research and proposal preparation.
  • Salary support for the researcher to perform activities related to proposal preparation.
  • 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.