Services and Fees

The Utah Population Database (UPDB) is used in biomedical and health research. Pedigree and Population Resource (PPR) personnel are available to consult about research design and use of the database. This facility operates a recharge center to partially offset the fixed expenses of UPDB.

Services with No Charge

(4 hour limit for all tasks combined)

  • Help with preliminary or pilot studies for a grant submission to determine if UPDB data can support the proposed research, includes generating sample size counts of target subjects
  • Provide estimates of charges needed for research budgets
  • Initial project discussion/meeting

Billable Services

  • Creation of custom de-identified data sets
  • Analysis to test for familial aggregation of disease and estimation of familial risks
  • Identification of high risk families
  • Construction of pedigree drawings of specified kindreds
  • Linkage of data sets provided by investigators to UPDB
  • Provision of follow-up information to ongoing studies
  • Consult about research design and use of the database and software
  • Technical report writing and manuscript preparation
  • Project meetings

Hourly Fees

  • $70 an hour - PPR programmer (staff) services to work on tasks listed above.
  • $120 an hour – Scientific (or Faculty) services which require more expertise than available by staff; including research design, statistical analysis, and paper/grant writing by a PhD level staff.
  • ** A project can add a percentage effort of PPR staff to a funded grant rather than pay hourly fees.

Non-University of Utah Projects

All fees are doubled for non-University of Utah projects

Annual Access Fee

Fees are assessed per calendar year per project at the first request for access to the UPDB in that year. If a researcher does not request data or updates in given year, there will be no access charge for that year. They may continue using the UPDB data that have been previously released to the investigator. The following fees are effective April 1, 2017.

  • Annual access fee $1750 per project
  • Data Use Fee Inpatient Discharge, Ambulatory Surgery and Emergency Department (coming later 2017/2018)
    • $500/year for a single dataset
    • $800/year for two datasets
    • $1000/year for all three datasets
  • UUHSC and Intermountain EDW Master Linkage
    • $500/year for a single dataset
    • $800/year for both datasets
  • All Payers Claims Database $5000/year per project

*Please contact Diana Lane Reed for additional information on APCD fees for Founding Contributor Departments

*For machine learning projects (i.e. approved RGE/IRB big data proposals), please consult PPR staff

*Rationale: to more accurately reflect the costs incurred to maintain, update, and improve the UPDB resource to support frequent users.

Other Service Charges

The University of Utah Health Sciences Center Information Technology Services (UUHSC ITS) Data Warehouse will begin charging for any services rendered by the team in regards to any new or renewal Research Requests submitted effective Jan 1, 2013. Charges will be $300.00 for the first two hours and then $50.00 for every hour after that. We appreciate your cooperation on this and understand that there may be adjustments and so forth. If you have any questions in regards to this please feel free to email Loa at or call her at 801-587-6062.

Contact Us

Utah Population Database Director
Ken R. Smith, PhD


HCI Senior Director Oversight
Kathleen Mooney, PhD, RN

Faculty Advisory Committee Chair
Karen Curtin, PhD, MStat

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
Jahn Barlow, MPA
Jeffrey Botkin, MD
Diana Brixner, PhD
Nicola Camp, PhD
Steven Guthery, MD
William Lowrance, MD, MPH
Kathleen Mooney, PhD
Barry Nangle, PhD
Michael Varner, MD
Ming Wen, PhD