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Application process

Please be aware that the ADRN is currently only accepting new applications for research projects that propose to use data which are readily available via the ADRN. See here for details of those datasets.

If you want to apply to use data that only covers one of the devolved nations (Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), please contact the local ADRC directly:

However, we will consider enquiries regarding data not covered by the above to establish whether we are able to offer alternative solutions to your data needs.

If you experience issues with the application form, please contact our Helpdesk via


Step 3: Negotiating for data and set-up

Negotiating for data

The Network contacts the government departments whose data the researcher wants to use on their behalf. The ADRN negotiates with the departments to get access to the data and sets up a data sharing agreement with them. The government departments (data controllers) may set restrictions or make additional requests to make sure the data collections remain safe.

The researcher will be regularly informed of any progress, but please bear in mind that this negotiation process may take a long time.

Preparing data

ADRN staff will match and link data collections from different government departments and make sure they are properly de-identified, using trusted third parties. They will prepare the data for the researcher, so it is ready for analysis.

More about linking data and trusted third parties

Page last updated: 19/06/2017