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The NIA Data LINKAGE Program (LINKAGE)* was established in 2021. The purpose of the Program is to link NIA-funded study data with existing datasets from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other sources and establish a cloud-based environment to support data accessibility and sharing. In providing these resources free of charge, LINKAGE aims to reduce resource cost and time barriers and promote access for researchers.  

Studies and Researchers will have access to three primary resources: 

  1. Linked data sets. The Program provides data files that link NIA-funded study data to CMS data.  
  2. Enclave with free software. This platform offers a secure, easy-to-navigate, and remotely accessible statistical analysis environment that meets federal data security requirements for protecting personally identifiable and private health information. Users have access to SAS, STATA, R, Python, MS Office applications and more. 
  3. Technical assistance. Participants will receive data analysis and technical support from CMS data analysis experts.

Ready to get started? Explore the NIA Data LINKAGE Program:

  • Contact Us

    NIA grantees interested in linking existing studies to CMS data should contact their NIA Program Officer to start a discussion about program participation.  NIA grantees can apply to the LINKAGE Program by contacting us at or 650-558-8310 to set up an introductory call.

*The NIA Data LINKAGE Program was formerly known as the Medicare and Medicaid Resource Information Center (MedRIC).

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