SEER-MHOS Proposal Review Process

Representatives from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and SEER will be responsible for reviewing each proposal. The review and approval process generally takes 4-6 weeks from receipt of completed proposals.

If the reviewing agencies have concerns about confidentiality arising from the project, investigators may revise their proposal. However, if there are ongoing concerns about confidentiality, SEER-MHOS data will not be released, regardless of whether an investigator has already been funded by another agency or organization to conduct an analysis using the data. Therefore, investigators planning to use the SEER-MHOS data as part of a grant are encouraged to obtain approval for release of the data before submitting their grant proposal.

Multiple requests to use SEER-MHOS data may be received and the approval process should not be understood as a guarantee preventing overlapping research aims. Reviewers intend to be good stewards of the data and will make efforts to notify investigators when this may be the case.

Criteria for Approving Requests

NCI encourages outside investigators to use SEER-MHOS data. Requests for these data will be approved unless one of the following conditions occurs:

  • The proposed research involves data that may compromise the privacy or confidentiality of patients, providers, or institutions.
  • The central purpose of the study is not research.
  • The SEER-MHOS data are not of sufficient quality or completeness to provide accurate data to address a specific research question or aim.
  • The data processing necessary to produce the requested files places an unusually heavy burden on data processing staff.
Last Updated: 20 Jun, 2019