Data Sharing

CMS Data (Re-Use)

UCSF has a 20% sample of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Restricted Identifiable Files (RIF) available to UCSF investigators for re-use. These data are hosted on UCSF RAE secure servers and can only be accessed after completing a reuse application with CMS. Contact SOM Tech for help filing a reuse application. 

Dryad (formerly Dash)

Self-service online public data repository that allows researchers to:

  • Publish and share research data using any file format
  • Get a permanent DOI for their data
  • Search for and download public research data sets
  • Meet funder and publisher requirements for data sharing

External / Non-UCSF Collaborations sharing Clinical Data

If you are working with an external / non-UCSF partner and you want to share data from the electronic health record (EHR), you will need an appropriate data sharing contract that is executed with your non-UCSF partner. You may also need a security review if data will be transferred. 

Library Data Science Initiative

Workshops, programs and expertise/office hours in:

  • Finding, Managing & Sharing Data
  • Statistics, Bioinformatics and Genomics
  • Programming in R, Python and more
  • Data Visualization with Tableau

Research Analysis Environment (RAE)

Formerly known as MyResearch, RAE offers secure hosting for sensitive data with web-based management and collaboration tools including support for study-specific large datasets and AWS resource options.

  • View, manipulate, and save data entirely in a protected environment without storing files on personal computers
  • Free access to research software applications, such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, R, TreeAge, Atlas.ti, MS Office, and Matlab - see full list
  • Collaboration tools, such as SharePoint, facilitate the conduct of multi-site research studies
Free up to 10GB/month for UCSF PIs


Global clinical research data sharing and analytics platform.

  • Comply with ICMJE guidelines about data sharing plans
  • Discover and reuse clinical research data
  • Secure research environment with analytics tools