Certificates of Confidentiality for Research Funded by Non-HHS Federal Agencies
If your research is funded by a non-HHS Federal Agency other than HHS, you may request a Certificate of Confidentiality for a specific project that involves sensitive, identifiable information, using the NIH online application system. Issuance of a CoC is at the discretion of NIH.
Is my research study eligible for a CoC from NIH?
Certificates of confidentiality are only issued for research projects that are:
- Collecting or using identifiable, sensitive information (see below for more detail)
- On a topic that is within the HHS health related research mission
- Storing the research information collected or used in the US
Research in which identifiable, sensitive information is collected or used, including research that
- Meets the definition of human subjects research, including exempt research in which subjects can be identified
- Is collecting or using human biospecimens that are identifiable or that have a risk of being identifiable
- Involves the generation of individual level human genomic data
- Involves any other information that might identify a person
CoC Resources for Studies funded by Other Federal Departments or Agencies
The NIH has issued the following guidance, FAQs and resources for CoCs.
Have a CoC Question?
Please direct additional questions to: NIH Office of Extramural Research: NIH-CoC-Coordinator@mail.nih.gov