What is REDCap?

REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. While REDCap can be used to collect virtually any type of data, it is specifically geared to support data capture for research studies. Find a detailed introduction on REDCap's website:

Current REDCap account holders can access the system at:

How do I get a REDCap account?

  • To receive a REDCap account, go to in a web browser and enter your SLU Net ID and password. 
  • On the next page, enter your first and last name, and your SLU email address
  • Submit this information to receive an email verification in your SLU email from
  • Follow the instructions in the email to complete the process of setting up a new account
  • Now you can access REDCap! 

You must request the ability to create new projects. To do so, please submit a request through ITS customer service with your name and SLU Net ID:

How do I get an account for an external collaborator?

To request an account for an external research collaborator, the following tasks need to be completed by the SLU sponsor:

  • A SLU guest account request will need to be completed. Please note the type of account you will need to request is Z-06 visiting researcher. The SLU guest account request is below: Guest Account Request
  • After the SLU guest account request is processed and approved, the user will be able to sign up for acceess to REDCap following the steps above ("How do I get a REDCap account?"). 

How can I receive REDCap training?

There are several short and concise videos located REDCap Video Resource Page. These are excellent videos explaining how to use REDCap, as well as the different types of projects available to use. 

    REDCap Maintenance Window

    Occasionally, updates will need to be applied to the system. The standard planned maintenance window for REDCap will be from 9 - 11 a.m. CDT on the second Wednesday of every month. What this means is that if system maintenance is required, any downtime would be scheduled during this time. These times were selected based on system usage reporting to identify lower-usage periods. The maintenance schedule will then be communicated to current account holders through email.

    Creating a Project

    You must request the ability to create new projects (please see above). After you have been granted access to create new projects, you will see the Create New Project tab. Select this tab to begin creating a new project. Enter the following information:

    • Project title
    • Select Research as the purpose
      • P.I. name
      • P.I. email
      • IRB number
      • Specify research type(s)
    • Select blank project or template (many researchers find the templates to be very helpful)
    • Click Create Project

    Project Development

    Once your project is created, it will be available on the My Projects tab. In this development phase changes can be made as often as needed. Data entry should be tested in this phase with test data. Test (not live) data should be used to make sure your project functions as expected.

    Project Production

    When you're ready to enter live data, you must first request your project to be moved into production and submit a copy of the IRB approval letter to Projects that we do not receive an IRB approval or exception for via this email address will not be considered for Production move. 

    Please do NOT use this email address for any other inquiries as we will not be able to respond to those. For all other questions or issues regarding REDCap, please submit a request through ITS customer service:

    Exporting Data

    Data may be identifiable when entered into the REDCap application but users must ensure that data is de-identified before exporting the data, as per the user's respective IRB agreement. A video on how to de-identify your data is available within REDCap under Export Data. Please review the IRB website for more information regarding identifiable information.


    Please submit a request through ITS customer service with any questions or issues:

    Please note that we will not be able to respond to emails (other than IRB approvals) sent to directly. 

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