Library Data Award

The University of Chicago Library invites applications for its inaugural Data Award Program. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Chicago. A Library committee composed of subject and data experts will review and select applications based on the potential impact of the data on the recipient's research and on the University of Chicago research community, data cost, and availability of funds.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit an application form by February 1, 2022. Grant recipients will be notified of the purchase decision by March 1, 2022.  The Library will negotiate purchase and disburse funds directly to the vendor.

What to Expect

In May 2022, recipients will be invited to give a presentation to library staff about their research and how they will use the data awarded.

  • Publications based on the data purchased through the grant program should acknowledge the Library. We suggest the following wording: “The author wishes to acknowledge the University of Chicago Library, which  provided support for the completion of this research.”
  • Recipients and their research projects may be featured in Library publications.
  • Recipients are encouraged to deposit new datasets that are derived from purchased data into Knowledge@UChicago, the Library’s institutional repository.

Eligible Data

  • Data must be able to be made accessible to campus though licensing with the vendor.
  • Data must be from a credible source that has the right to sell the information.
  • Data that contains confidential or personally identifiable information (PII) will not be considered.
  • Preference will be given to requests below $5,000:
    • Data that are one-time purchases and do not require regular updates. One-year database subscriptions will also be considered.
    • Data that have robust documentation or metadata.
    • Data in non-proprietary file formats and that can be hosted online and accessed remotely.
    • Vendors who comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by providing data that is compliant with the latest version of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).


Contact the Data Award Program committee at