How to access : Apply for a project
How to apply for access to a project in the Integrated Data Service (IDS).
Submit an Expression of Interest
Our Engagement team will contact you within three working days to capture requirements around:
- data refreshes
We may arrange a follow-up conversation.
Once a formal Expression of Interest has been submitted, you will receive a decision within two to three weeks, depending on any revisions or amendments that may be requested.
Apply for project accreditation
As part of your application, we may ask you about:
- the purpose, aims and duration of the project
- the personal data involved and how it will be used
- methods and software used
- ethical standards
- who will be involved, including team members and sponsor
- how the project will impact and benefit the UK public
- how results of the research will be made openly and accessibly available
You will also be asked to choose a project lead and deputy project lead. Their responsibilities include:
- overseeing and monitoring the project once set up on IDS
- requesting changes to team members, including any movers or leavers
- requesting changes to the project, such as project purpose, datasets and project timescales
- responding to audit requests from the Security Compliance and Audit (SCA) team and any other IDS audit teams
- ensuring team members are aware of access conditions
- if planning to leave the project, submitting a change request through RAS to nominate their replacement
The deputy project lead supports the project lead and provides cover if they are unable to fulfil their role.
We will review project application submissions and may ask for additional information or amendments. We will be checking for and, where necessary, getting the relevant data owner approvals.
We will submit your application to the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) and the Research Accreditation Panel (RAP) and inform you of their accreditation decisions.
Timeline of application
The timeline for these processes may vary depending on many factors, such as the:
- nature and complexity of your proposal
- data requirements and if the data are already held within IDS
- ethical considerations
- analysts obtaining their accredited researcher status
Currently, we estimate that:
- the Integrated Data Service (IDS) internal review and data owner approval process of the formal project accreditation application may take two to ten weeks
- the UKSA accreditation decision stage takes two to nine working days; the UKSA or the RAP may raise queries and responding to them adds to this turnaround time
Work is underway to ensure the application process is as simple as possible, while maintaining our commitment to rigorous security and ethical checks.