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Information for Researchers

There are several ways that researchers and scientists can access ICES data. These include:

1. Becoming an ICES scientist

ICES scientists are an integral part of the organization as they increase the breadth and depth of ICES research. ICES scientists are independent researchers with a university academic appointment at the level of assistant professor or higher and who have experience using ICES data to conduct health services research. ICES scientists enjoy access to all of the ICES data holdings and the value added by ICES faculty and staff over the many years of experience using these data. ICES scientists are appointed to the ICES Research Program which best fits their interests and, as such, become members of a network of health services researchers from across Ontario.

All initial scientist appointments at ICES are probationary. Appointment is contingent on:

  • A University academic appointment at the level of Assistant Professor or higher
  • At least two publications with a lead role (primary or senior author) using data from ICES (or substantially similar data from another jurisdiction)
  • Funds to carry out the proposed program of research. These funds may come from any of a number of sources, such as grants, departmental funds or funds from a mentor or collaborator's grant. Applicants need not hold a grant for ICES research personally at the time of their application for appointment.
  • Absence of unmanageable conflicts of interest as determined by the ICES CEO

For more information on how to apply for an ICES scientist appointment or to complete an appointment application package, see Scientist Applications. You may also contact the appropriate Program Administrator for further information.

2.Collaborating with an ICES scientist

Collaborations with investigators external to ICES require an ICES principal investigator or co-investigator on the grant or project. The ICES co-investigator will participate fully in the research project and is the responsible party within ICES. The ICES investigator is expected to attend all project meetings, co-direct the analysis, and ensure that all ICES policies and procedures are followed.

It is important to determine whether ICES data is available to answer the research question. For more information on data availability, refer to the Data Dictionary. For more information on research collaboration opportunities, please contact an ICES scientist. Our complete listing of ICES faculty is organized by Research Program and includes the scientist’s primary research content areas.

3. Data & Analytic Services

Since 1992, ICES scientists and data experts have been developing and expanding the ICES data repository – a vast and secure array of linked, encoded Ontario health-related data. ICES researchers have used this linked data to make scientific and policy-relevant discoveries that have helped improve the health care system, and improved health in Ontario, other provinces and internationally.

As part of the Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit (OSSU), ICES is providing researchers, students and knowledge users with access to these data through the newly created ICES Data & Analytic Services (ICES DAS). The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI) have partnered to fund the OSSU as part of Canada's Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR).

Visit the Data & Analytic Services page for more information.