Data Access Request Instructions
DAR Form Instructions
The Data Access Request Form (DAR) utilizes the Application for Federal Assistance (Form SF 424 (R&R)) solely to collect information. This is not an application for funds.
The table below is to guide you step-by-step through filling the Data Access Request form. Only the fields highlighted in yellow must be filled upon submission.
The DAR requires NIH log-in. Requesters and institutional SOs must have an NIH eRA User ID and password to access the DAR. Visit era.nih.gov for more information on registering for a NIH eRA account. NIH staff may utilize their NIH log-in.
Project Summary / Abstract
The Project Summary must contain a brief description of the proposed activity suitable for dissemination to the public. It should be a self-contained description of the intent for data use and should contain a statement of objectives and methods to be employed. Requests lacking sufficient description will be declined. This Summary must not include any proprietary/confidential information. Please limit your summary to the space provided.
Research & Related Senior / Key Person Profile
The first box profiling the Project Director / Principal Investigator (PD / PI) will be populated automatically with the information that was provided in the SF-424. If information needs to be added or modified, it must be done on the SF-424. Each independent Collaborating Investigator in a different institution must initiate and process a separate Data Access Request.
Each Senior / Key Person must be registered in the eRA Commons and must be assigned the PI Role in that system. The respective eRA Commons ID for each Senior / Key Person must be provided in the Credential field.
The table below provides instructions for entering Senior / Key Person profiles.
By submission of this request form, the Requester certifies that each listed Collaborating Investigator has read and agreed to the terms and conditions in the DUC.
Submitting the DAR
When all required fields on the DAR are complete, click Submit. By clicking Submit, you are certifying that you agree to the terms and conditions of data use as described in the Data Use Certification (DUC).
If required fields are left blank upon clicking Submit, the DAR will re-open with all required fields highlighted in red. Fill in the highlighted fields and click Submit.
Last Reviewed: March 27, 2012