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Application Process

All requests for access to RMFs must be made using the RMF Application Form which is available on the Forms page.

Only researchers who are employed by, or formally related to, a registered research organisation will be eligible to apply for access to RMFs. Research organisation registration establishes two roles, being:

  • Senior Representative, i.e. someone with the authority to make commitments on behalf of the organisation, e.g. managing director, president, university chancellor or similar.
  • RMF Contact, i.e. a person designated by the Senior Representative, who will be in charge of coordinating RMF project applications.

Researchers who have not previously been appointed as Officers of Statistics are required to complete a Researcher Registration application form.

The applicant should fully complete the application form, have it countersigned by the designated RMF Contact who will forward it by email to rcu@cso.ie. Only fully completed forms will be processed. Incomplete forms will be returned to the applicant.

Please note that in the case of multiple applicants, a lead applicant, the “Lead Researcher” should be nominated for correspondence.

The maximum period of appointment as an Officer of Statistics is one year.

 

Approval Process

The approval process will take approximately four to eight weeks from receipt of application by Researcher Coordination Unit (RCU).

 

Standard Agreement & Certificates

On approval of an RMF application, RCU will generate and issue the Standard Agreement to the applicant(s). The applicant(s) must sign a copy of the Standard Agreement and return the hand-signed hard copy by post to RCU. One Standard Agreement can include multiple applicants.

A training session which reinforces the terms and conditions of the RMF Standard Agreement must be attended by all applicants before an Officer of Statistics certificate can be issued to an applicant.

Once the Standard Agreement has been signed and received from the applicant(s), the lead researcher will be sent two copies of the Officer of Statistics certificate (which will incorporate the Declaration of Secrecy) for each applicant to sign and return.

When both signed certificates are received by RCU, the Certificates of Appointment will be signed by the Director General.

Once the certificates are signed, the researcher is appointed an Officer of Statistics.

Certificates are returned to the Lead Researcher to distribute to multiple applicants if applicable and one copy is retained on file by RCU.

RCU will contact successful applicants with instructions for accessing the RMF.  Access may be granted on-site or off-site depending on RMF type.

 

RMF Access

Access to RMFs will only be given when:

Each researcher specified in the Agreement has signed their acceptance of the Terms and Conditions of the RMF Standard Agreement.

Each researcher has signed the Declaration of Secrecy under Section 21 of the Statistics Act, 1993.

Each researcher has attended a training session which reinforces the terms and conditions of the RMF Standard Agreement.

Each researcher has been appointed an Officer of Statistics by the Director General of the Central Statistics Office under Section 20(c) of the Statistics Act, 1993.

 

Expiry/Termination of Officer of Statistics Status

The lead researcher on a project will be notified by RCU two months before the project is due to expire.

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