Research Application

Eligibility Guidelines

The Michigan Education Data Center can release data to an institution of higher education, a non-profit research institution, or a government agency (including schools and school districts) located within the United States. Researchers requesting data must have their primary affiliation with an eligible institution, or be a currently enrolled student in a doctoral program at an eligible institution.

Minimum Criteria

Research proposals must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for approval:

  • The research project has been granted IRB approval prior to application.
  • Assuming the request involves individual student data, the proposal must meet the criteria outlined under FERPA exceptions justifying the use of individual student data without prior consent.
  • The requested data elements are not publicly available.
  • The application requests data elements that are available to MERI and MEDC.
  • The application clearly indicates how the requested data will be used to address the research questions.

Application Instructions

The MERI research application is an online form. You will need to create a Survey Monkey account to access the application.
You can review all application fields in this sample application ahead of completing the online form.

Prior to starting your application:

Deadlines for new research applications:

  • November 1, 2019
  • January 10, 2020
  • March 6, 2020
  • May 1, 2020
  • July 1, 2020
  • September 11, 2020
  • November 6, 2020
Change requests will be processed on alternating months.
Deadlines to submit change requests are:

  • December 6, 2019
  • February 7, 2020
  • April 3, 2020
  • June 5, 2020
  • August 7, 2020
  • October 2, 2020
  • December 4, 2020

MERI Research Application
MERI Change Request