IRIS Board of Directors Elected and First Research Data Release
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News and Updates: March 20, 2017

IRIS Board of Directors Elected

IRIS member universities elected the inaugural IRIS Board of Directors. They will appoint several at large members and will also form a Scientific Advisory board and a Policy and Outreach Advisory Board.  In addition to the six elected representatives of the IRIS membership, The University of Michigan (as host institution) named one representative to the board.

The Board will oversee the management of the affairs, business, and activities of IRIS, and will establish policies and directives governing business and programs of IRIS.

Members are:
  • Kimberly Espy, Senior Vice President for Research & Chief Research Officer, University of Arizona.
  • Kimberly Griffin, Director for Electronic Research Administration, Northwestern University
  • James Hilton, Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University Librarian & Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan
  • Christopher Molloy, Senior Vice President, Office of Research & Economic Development, Rutgers University
  • Daniel Reed, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of Iowa
  • Neil Sharkey, Vice President for Research, Pennsylvania State University
  • Caroline Whitacre, Senior Vice President for Research, Ohio State University


IRIS Data Now Available for Researchers

The first annual IRIS data release is based on our third quarter 2016 Census data transfer.  This transaction level dataset includes information on awards, wage payments from awards to university research employees, vendor purchases, subcontracts, and the unit performing the funded research for 19 universities. IRIS member universities provide administrative data which are then de-identified for research availability.

These data are useful for analyzing the social and economic effects of research investments, the scientific production function, the career outcomes and earnings of doctoral students and trainees, questions pertaining to science and engineering workforce and the STEM pipeline among many other possible topics.

Virtual Data Enclave Access 

IRIS researchers will receive:

  • access to IRIS data in a secure Virtual Data Enclave
  • the ability to transfer work to approved Census FSRDC projects
  • research support and training materials
  • 10 privacy/confidentiality protected disclosures per year

IRIS researchers will contribute:

  • improvements to documentation and future data releases
  • citations to and copies of research papers using IRIS data
  • in the future a seat fee may be required for researchers not affiliated with IRIS member universities
How to become an IRIS Researcher:
  1. Read FAQs
  2. Complete Application
  3. More Details
  4. Questions?

Contact Us

Membership inquiries -- IRIS Managing Director, Nancy Calvin-Naylor (734) 615-7464,
Technical issues -- IRIS Technical Director, Kevin Bjorne (734) 936-0465,
Researcher access -- IRIS Data Manager, Natsuko Nicholls (734) 763-0447,
General inquiries -- (734) 615-0015  •  •
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