It is important to remember that any contract to use restricted data is between you, the data provider, and Penn State University!
In order to complete your application to work with restricted data, the contracts or licenses must be signed by an appropriate department or representative at Penn State. These departments will need to see all the paperwork required from the provider which may include:
Agreement or contract
Data management & security plan
Research proposal & project plan
Being well organized will save you time.
Note: As a rule of thumb, plan for one month to obtain a signature. More time will be necessary if an item is missing.
How do you determine which unit is authorized to sign the contract?
In general, Penn State authorization for contracts is dependent upon whether or not there is a payment associated with access to the data and whether or not it is sponsored research.
Option One: If there is NO cost associated with the Data Use Agreement AND the data being requested is either associated with a sponsored research project or to be used for exploratory research .... Contact: OFFICE OF SPONSORED RESEARCH