Members are asked to submit data to IRIS every year on April 15 and October 15.
New members typically attend a webinar with IRIS staff to review the procedures for their initial submission of data, which we anticipate will take approximately 40 hours of work to prepare. Subsequent years’ submissions usually require significantly less work. If you need to consult with IRIS staff, please contact IRISfirstname.lastname@example.org.
A standard data submission sent to IRIS will consist of up to nine comma-separated text files:
2. Award ID*
5. Employee Name*
8. Object Code
3. Award Co-Investigators*
9. Organization Unit
In a standard submission of data, the first seven UMETRICS files listed above are required (*). These files contain all the data necessary for IRIS to provide the analysis that goes into the reports and feedback used by your university. Additionally, these data support the research projects being conducted by IRIS once the submitted data have been scrubbed by IRIS internal processes. The Object Code and Organization Unit files should be submitted during the very first transmission of data to IRIS and anytime thereafter if updates need to be made. This will allow for proper matching and understanding of the submitted codes and units.
For more information and details, see the File and Field Guide, including the Pre-Submission Checklist (Appendix B).
One of the benefits of membership is free access to the IRIS dataset for all researchers on your campus. The dataset contains information on nearly 400,000 research grants, $84 billion in research spending, wages for approximately 650,000 employees, and payments to about 821,000 vendors.
Approximately 120 researchers from around the country have accessed the dataset for their research in fields including sociology, complex systems, industrial operations and engineering, and finance.
Detailed information on how to access the data can be found on our Data Access page.
Promoting IRIS data
To raise awareness of the availability of the IRIS dataset, we encourage all members to distribute announcements to relevant departments and institutes via on-campus communications channels.
Another benefit of membership is access to university-specific reports produced by IRIS that shed light on the career pathways of research-trained employees and the economic impacts of research-related spending.
Depending on the data your university submit to IRIS, you will have access to some or all of the following reports:
Employment Report — presents data on employment and earnings of research-trained employees, allowing institutions to track the flow of people into the economy.
Vendor Profile Report — contains information on the companies providing research-related goods and services.
Spending Report — focuses on sponsored research spending at your institution.
Congressional and State Legislative Fact Sheets — provides an overview of spending by congressional or state legislative districts for government relations purposes.
ImpactFinder — an interactive tool to identify research vendors selected by location, funding agency, or project topic.
Universities use IRIS reports for a variety of purposes, including government relations, internal planning, and public relations. Download some examples for more information, or see our Use Cases page.