Kentucky Research Data Center


OSU is a member of the federal statistics research data center (FSRDC) at the University of Kentucky (KRDC). OSU faculty, students, and staff can use the KRDC free of charge. 

What is the Kentucky Research Data Center?

The Kentucky Research Data Center (KRDC) is a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the U.S. Census Bureau established by a grant from the National Science Foundation in 2016. KRDC is part of the nationwide system of Federal Statistical Research Data Centers whose mission is to expand the data infrastructure available to qualified scholars and students with approved projects by providing access to restricted individual- and firm-level data from participating federal statistical agencies. KRDC is maintained by a regional consortium of leading research institutions, including the University of Kentucky, Indiana University, The Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Louisville. The lab is located on the University of Kentucky campus in the Gatton College of Business and Economics Building.

What does KRDC offer researchers?

KRDC offers researchers the opportunity to use restricted-access federal data to conduct advanced research in fields such as economics, management, business, demography, health, epidemiology, geography, environment, urban planning, political science, sociology, criminology, and more. The advantages of restricted-access data include larger samples, finer levels of geography (in some cases census block and tract levels), additional variables, and more detailed coding of key variables. In addition, many datasets are linked to records from administrative databases.

Interested in KRDC research?

Researchers wishing to use KRDC must develop a project proposal, receive approval for the project, and undergo a security clearance. Visit the KRDC Website ( for an overview of the proposal process and the description of available data. Contact the KRDC Administrator with any questions. The Administrator will help researchers prepare and submit materials for review, and can assist researchers in determining data availability and in preparing high-quality proposals.

Contact Information

Kentucky Research Data Center
Gatton College of Business and Economics Suite 125H
550 South Limestone Street Lexington, KY 40506-0034

Phone- 859.323.7075