NOTE: This page has not been updated in a very long time. You should consult the Census Bureau's page for more up-to-date guidelines.
One of the purposes of the VRDC is to provide help on writing proposals to access real data in the RDC network. This article can provide some guidance with that task. First of all, you may want to check if there is data in the RDC environment that serves your purpose on the CES data page. The fundamental guidelines are established at the Center for Economic Studies:
A useful overview of the process was presented in John Abowd's INFO747 class. A number of the materials can be found here:
- Sample Proposals and PPS
- Other Guidelines
Finally, and specifically for projects under the NSF-ITR umbrella, you might want to use a PPS that explicitly supports that grant: