The Research Accreditation Panel meets regularly. Research project applications are submitted to the Research Accreditation Panel by accredited data processing environments at least one week prior to each Research Accreditation Panel meeting. Researchers are advised to liaise with support teams in their chosen accredited data processing environment to understand the requirements and timelines involved with submitting a research project to the Research Accreditation Panel.
Guidance for researchers completing research project applications to access data via the Digital Economy Act Research strand and the Statistics and Registration Service Act Approved Researcher gateway is available in the ‘Documents for Download’ section. Researchers are advised to use the project application example guidance to understand the information that is required for the Research Accreditation Panel to consider a research project application.
Applying for Accredited Researcher status
The Research Code of Practice and Accreditation Criteria requires researchers undertaking research using data provided under the Research strand of the Digital Economy Act to be accredited. This is also a condition for access to data via the Approved Researcher gateway under the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (SRSA). More information regarding the process for researcher accreditation is available on the Office for National Statistics website.