Access data and samples
We welcome requests from all researchers to access ALSPAC data and samples, whatever your research area, institution, location or funding source.
We can also help you collect new data and samples through a variety of activities, including whole cohort questionnaire collections, recall-by-genotype substudies, small-scale qualitative interview studies and clinic-based biomedical measurements.
We are considering how international data sharing may be affected by Brexit and the Schrems II judgement. Please see ALSPAC statement and response to international data sharing (PDF, 13kB) for futher details.
The University of Bristol will be closed on Friday 24th December through to Tuesday 4th January 2022. Please be aware that proposals or amendments submitted after Friday 17th December may not be reviewed until the new year.
Request existing data
- Please read the ALSPAC access policy (PDF, 869kB) which describes the process of accessing the data and samples in detail, and outlines the costs associated with doing so.
- You may also find it useful to browse our fully searchable research proposals database, which lists all research projects that have been approved since April 2011.
- Please submit your research proposal for consideration by the ALSPAC Executive Committee. You will receive a response within 10 working days to advise you whether your proposal has been approved.
Request access to the ALSPAC study history archive
Use of the ALSPAC study history archive is subject to approval from the ALSPAC Executive Committee. For more information on how to apply to access this resource, please visit the University's Special Collections website.
Once your research proposal has been approved, you will be assigned a data buddy who will help you at every stage of your project. They will send you the relevant paperwork and documentation for accessing the data and samples. However, should you wish to look at any of these documents before submitting your proposal, you can do so via the links below.
- ALSPAC data user responsibilities agreement
- ALSPAC derived variable documentation (Office document, 20kB)
- ALSPAC data management plan (PDF, 186kB)
- ALSPAC data access agreement (PDF, 496kB)
- HTA material transfer agreement (PDF, 193kB)
- ALSPAC non HTA material transfer agreement (PDF, 23kB)
- ALSPAC publications checklist (PDF, 320kB)