Data access information

Access to the requested HUNT data is given after the application is processed and a contract is signed. The contract gives the researcher(s) the right to research a specific topic for a limited time period and to publish a decided upon number of articles.

Who can apply for data?
All institutions with research expertise can apply for access to analyse HUNT data. Projects must have recommendations from The Regional Committee for Medical Research in Norway (REK) and be registered with The Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD). The project leader affiliated with The Medical Faculty at NTNU is covered under HUNT's licence from The Data Inspectorate, but must obtain a recommendation from the Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REK).

The same rules apply for private organizations with research expertise. However, the contract for analysing HUNT data is enter into with Lifandis AS. Read more about Lifandis here.

Application process:

  • The principal investigator should be familiar with the HUNT data base and choose the relevant variables. All variables can be found in HUNTs overview in the web databank. See the questionnaires and variable list (for the time being a Norwegian site).
  • Send the completed application to HUNT Research Centre, with the following attachments: the project description (research protocol), publication plan, variable order and a copy of the application and recommendation from the necessary approbation bodies (The Regional Committee for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REK), The Data Inspectorate, Health Directorate and/or others). Data is not delivered before the application process is completed.
  • Applications are normally processed within three weeks. Applications that include use of biological material may take longer than three weeks.
  • Data is delivered when all the necessary documents have been sent to HUNT Research Centre and the contract is signed.
  • The usual costs for use of HUNT data is NOK 25.000 per planned scientific publication. Different rates apply for bachelor / master student papers.

See the guidelines for administration and use of data from The Nord-Trøndelag Health Study for detailed information.