Applicant and institution requirements
The data in the Pediatric MRI Data Repository is being made available
to biomedical and biobehavioral researchers whose institutions are covered
by a federalwide assurance (FWA), are studying normal brain development,
disorders, or diseases and/or developing image processing tools, and
who agree to the terms of the Data Use Certification.
To apply for access to data in the Pediatric MRI Data Repository, applicants
must be affiliated with an institution/organization that is covered
by an FWA.
Those applicants and institutions that have an FWA can proceed to
1) For those who need to apply or to check their institution's FWA status
Information on FWAs can be found at:
2) The applicant needs to fill out the Data
Use Certification form. Once filled, the applicant will need to
print the form and complete the remaining portions, which include adding
his/her signature, as well as obtaining the countersignature by his/her
institutional official who has signing authority.1 The completed
form must then be faxed to the NIH for approval using the fax number
at the end of the form.
As part of the Data Use Certification, applicants and institutions certify
that their institution is covered by an FWA and that they will obtain
an IRB review and approval or a determination that no human subjects
are involved or that use of this dataset qualifies for an exemption
3) Filling out the on-line Data Use Certification form will place the
applicant on a list of pending applications at the DCC, where his/her
name will remain until either approved or until an expiration date of
one month later.
4) The completed and countersigned form must be faxed to an NIH representative
for approval. This representative will act for the NIH Pediatric MRI
Data Repository Access Committee, comprised of the four NIH program
officers from the sponsoring institutes (NICHD, NIDA, NIMH, and NINDS).
The approval process will not evaluate the scientific merit of requests,
but will focus solely on protecting human subjects, e.g., verification
that the institution has an FWA and appropriate signatures on the Data
5) To access and complete the Data Use Certification form, click
1The signing official for small businesses may be the applicant