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Syracuse University Libraries

Research Data Services: Data Purchase Program

Data Purchase Program

Syracuse University Libraries is piloting a program to assist in purchasing data for research purposes. The purpose of the program is to assist researchers in acquiring data they may not otherwise obtain due to cost, licensing, technical or other issues. “Data” in this context is defined broadly - it can be numeric, text, or geographic. All faculty are welcome to apply, though preference will be given to those requests that are:

  • Data that would appeal to the wider university community
  • Data that can be used by more than one person.

We will not purchase restricted data nor data that have HIPAA regulations.

Datasets must cost less than $7500.  In order to accommodate as many requests as possible, we may provide only partial funding for a request.

Requests must be made using this form; email or phone requests will not be accepted. All requests must be received NO LATER than October 16, 2020. Once all requests have been received, we will review and prioritize each. We may need to contact you if we have questions.

We will notify each requestor of our decision as soon as possible, hopefully by the end of November 2020, though we cannot guarantee this as we do not know how many requests we will get, nor how complex they may be. Additionally, actually making the purchase, receiving the data and making it available can take some time.

In some instances, you may be required to sign a license or other “Memorandum of Understanding” regarding the use of the data. Awardees will be expected to acknowledge the support of the Libraries in any report, publication or presentation made using the data. We may also ask you to give a short virtual “brown-bag” or other type of presentation.

If you have any questions about the program, please email Research Data Services at