Criteria for Data-Request Approval for Individuals Associated with Academic and Other Research-Related Institutions

  • Requestor must currently be affiliated with an academic or research-based institution or organization, or must be able to fully articulate the work that will be done with the USTS dataset as an individual (e.g., plans to publish an article).
  • Must have a defined project that can be described in detail. 
    • Due to high demand for the dataset at this time, NCTE will not approve use of 2015 USTS data for general exploration without a substantive project that is intended for publication (e.g., students or professors requesting the data for coursework). Research projects for which USTS data is being requested should focus on specific issues and questions rather than general topics. For example, a researcher will not be approved for a project that simply seeks to study a large, undefined topic area, such as “health in transgender communities.” The requestor should instead articulate which aspect(s) of health they are seeking to examine.
    • The 2008-09 National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS) dataset is available for general exploration, such as for coursework. Researchers may complete the NTDS data-request form for such requests.
  • For USTS data requests, must make unique contributions to the field of knowledge about the lives and experiences of transgender people. USTS data requests for projects that are duplicative of those that have been previously approved or conducted will not be approved. Prior to submitting a data request, researchers should review the abstracts posted on the Published and Approved Projects page to determine which projects have previously been approved for use of USTS data. 
  • Must be the principal investigator/lead researcher (or a co-principal investigator/co-lead researcher) on the project for which the data is being requested. For example, a professor cannot submit a data request on behalf of a graduate student who will be using the data for their individual project. In that case, the student would have to submit the request as the lead researcher.
  • Must list any work with other organizations/institutions with whom requestor intends to work on the project (e.g., trans, LGBTQ, and non-LGBTQ non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, or other academic institutions). 
  • Must intend to work on the project within 3 months of requesting the data and complete the project or pursue publication within a defined period of time (up to 2 years from the time the data is received). 
  • Must have plans to publish an article or report, such as in a journal or as a self-published report by an organization, or in the case of students, complete a thesis or other major publishable project.
  • Must agree to submit published reports/articles to NCTE for posting on the USTS website or provide a link to or citation for the publication if access to the publication is limited (e.g., the article is only available behind a paywall).
  • Researchers are required to have the necessary skills or qualified personnel to complete their projects. NCTE will not provide any data analyses or instruction on how to conduct data analyses. The USTS dataset is available in Stata, SPSS, and SAS formats. The NTDS dataset is available in Stata and SPSS formats only.
  • Must agree to the terms of use outlined in the data-sharing agreement.


Please note that the USTS and NTDS datasets are proprietary, and NCTE has the discretion to approve or reject any request for access to the data.