Research Data

Research Using IRIS Data

IRIS data are useful for analyzing the social and economic effects of research investments, the scientific production function, the career outcomes and earnings of doctoral students and trainees, questions pertaining to science and engineering workforce and the STEM pipeline among many other possible topics. Work in progress by IRIS PIs provides more detailed analyses of entrepreneurial outcomes and human capital, the economic effects of research related to food safety, and the relationship between research funding and subsequent entrepreneurship for various demographic groups.

IRIS researchers will receive

  • access to IRIS data in a secure Virtual Data Enclave
  • the ability to transfer work to approved Census FSRDC projects
  • research support and training materials
  • 10 privacy/confidentiality protected disclosures per year

IRIS researchers will contribute

  • improvements to documentation and future data releases
  • citations to and copies of research papers using IRIS data
  • in the future a seat fee may be required for researchers not affiliated with IRIS member universities

 

About the Current Data Release

The first annual IRIS data release is based on our third quarter 2016 Census data transfer.  This transaction level dataset includes information on awards, wage payments from awards to university research employees, vendor purchases, subcontracts, and the unit performing the funded research for 19 universities.

The dataset includes transactions from 176,971 federal and non-federal awards including wage payments to 341,021 individuals as well as transactions totaling $18.1 billion to vendors and an additional $6 billion in subcontracts to other research performers.  We integrate this information with detailed data on federal awards. IRIS Data linkages to U.S. Census Bureau data will be available later this year in the Federal Statistical Research Data Centers (FSRDCs).

 

2017 Data Release Files

The 2017 data release files will be available soon.  Please check back.

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