Programs and Data Access

STS-Sponsored Research Program

STS sponsors and funds research through a well-established program administered by the STS Access & Publications (A&P) Task Force. The A&P Research Program is for STS National Database participants conducting research using data from one of the four Database components: Adult Cardiac Surgery Database (ACSD), Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD), General Thoracic Surgery (GTSD), and Intermacs Database. 

Externally Funded Research Program

The Externally Funded Research Program, overseen by the Task Force on Funded Research (TFR), is one of the Society’s three major avenues for investigators to conduct research using data from an STS National Database component registry. The TFR Program facilitates linkage of STS National Database data to an external source of data, assists with applications to obtain extramural funding, and more.

Participant User File Research Program

The STS Participant User File (PUF) Research Program allows analysis of national-scale de-identified data from the STS National Database at investigators’ institutions. The PUF Program was designed primarily as an option for investigators to pose research questions, quickly obtain quality data, analyze these data themselves, receive feedback, and develop their efforts into abstracts and manuscripts.

Minor Data Requests

Minor data requests (MDRs) are intended to assist investigators as they prepare for full scientific proposal submissions by testing the feasibility of their hypotheses. Results from research MDRs may not be used for external scientific presentation or publication.