Research Data & Security

The oversight, management, and security of research data is a vital component of many research activities. Safeguarding and appropriately managing this data reinforces scientific inquiry and integrity in advancing and promoting research.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to the stewardship and safeguarding of research data in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and university regulations. Those involved in research activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) have certain rights and responsibilities with respect to research data. All data from sponsored or non-sponsored research activities must be recorded, maintained and made accessible in a reasonable and responsible manner by the Principal Investigator (PI), other research personnel, and in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and university requirements.

All UNL research personnel are required to comply with research data and security requirements. Typically, this involves research data ownership and the standards for the collection, access, security, destruction, retention, sharing, and reporting or management of breaches.

To speak with someone about research data and security, contact the Research Compliance Services Office at (402) 472-6965 or

The following flowcharts have been created in order to assist research personnel in determining which security level may be appropriate for their research and what controls may be required.