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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.

Please direct your CoC request to the NIH Institute or Center (IC) that supports similar research.  However, please verify this with the appropriate IC coordinator before submitting an application. If you are unsure about which IC is most appropriate for your research topic, you may contact the NIH Central Coordinator at NIH-COC-Coordinator@mail.nih.gov. 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

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