Available Data Sets
The MSU Library Data Services team assists researchers with data and statistical resources across the entire research life cycle, as both consumers and producers of data.
MSU Libraries hosts a complied list of databases available to the MSU community.
The college’s Technology and Data team offers support and guidance for storage of research data. Researchers are encouraged to meet with Ted Manko prior to the submission of a grant proposal and after a grant is awarded to plan for storage needs.
Some of the questions you will be asked are:
- Who will need to access the data?
- Are all users on the MSU network?
- What analysis will need to be performed on the data?
- Quantitative or qualitative?
- Is specific software required?
- How long will the data need to be retained?
- Is the data confidential or sensitive?
The team will recommend a file storage location and protocol for your data based on the intake needs assessment. Storage recommendations may be internal to our college, external to the college but internal to the University, or external to the University through vetted vendor service contracts.
Depending on the nature of your grant and the associated data, you may need to comply with higher than normal security requirements. Contact Ted Manko for assistance if your grant has security requirements outlined in the award.
NSF Data Management Plan
The National Science Foundation now requires all proposals to include plans for data management and sharing of the products of research. Please note that a valid Data Management Plan may include only the statement that no detailed plan is needed, as long as the statement is accompanied by a clear justification. FastLane will not permit submission of a proposal that is missing a Data Management Plan. The Data Management Plan will be reviewed as part of the intellectual merit or broader impacts of the proposal, or both, as appropriate.
For more information and guidance, visit MSU’s Office of Sponsored Programs page.
Human Research Protection Program
Research conducted at Michigan State University must be reviewed by the Human Research Protection Program office. Research at MSU is divided into three categories and each has their own research board.
- Biomedical and Health IRB (BIRB)
- Community Research IRB (CRIRB)
- Social Science / Education / Behavioral IRB (SIRB)
The MSU HRPP primary mission is the protection of individuals who are the subjects of research. MSU is committed to follow the ethical standards described in the Belmont Report, and all applicable federal, state and local regulations and university policies and procedures. The HRPP at MSU sets forth the structure, policies, and procedures to implement this mission and commitment. The processes of education, review, and monitoring described in the HRPP serve to ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research that will protect human subjects in an atmosphere of mutual trust and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge and human benefit.