Transnational Access 2012–2015


Please note that the Data without Boundaries project's end-date is April 30th 2015. Therefore the call for research proposals is closed and we cannot accept applications any more. If you were supported by the DwB project and you are looking for instructions for participants, please, read more below under  the Information for the Supported Projects.

Under Data without Boundaries, academic researchers resident within the European Union member states or associated countries or the European Free Trade Association were invited to apply for access to highly detailed microdata from Research Data Centres in the UK, Germany, Netherlands and France.

Depending upon the data centre, available datasets were social survey, census and business microdata considered to be too detailed, confidential or sensitive to be provided through standard access mechanisms.

The DwB selected 40 research projects from high quality research proposals received in eight calls in 2012–2014 to receive support through the project. The successful applicants were selected by expert User Selection Panel, which used a scoring scheme based on the UK’s ESRC numerical scoring scale for grant proposals.

Researchers applied to access specific datasets to conduct research at one or more Data Centres not situated in the country of their residence. Successful applicants visited the centre to conduct their research and received training and specialist support onsite. Onsite research visits lasted for one to three weeks, in most cases, depending upon the research and the data centre.

For some data centres remote access from the researcher's own country was also possible. For onsite access, researchers worked in a secure environment at the relevant Research Data Centre. They gained access to the 'real' data they were approved to access and all the necessary statistical analysis and desktop software. Remote access, where researchers could conduct their research from their own desktop in their own country, varied according to the Research Data Centre.

For more details and outcomes, follow the links below:

» Publications by supported projects
» The selected research proposals
» Participant experiences
» The research data centres and their data
» The Selection Panel
» The Scientific Merit Score used in selection

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Information for the Supported Projects

The selected projects should note that any expenses being claimed must have been spent before this date.

Any publication should include the following acknowledgement: “The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's 7th Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 262608, DwB - Data without Boundaries”.

Researchers should also email the details of any publication to . The bibliographic information of the publications and presentations based on the DwB supported data access will be published on the DwB website.

For each research project a Research Infrastructures: User group questionnaire will need to be completed online.


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