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REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a HIPAA-compliant, secure web application for building and managing online surveys and data collection instruments, provided without charge to the UCSF community and its collaborators. REDCap was originally developed at Vanderbilt University, with grant support from the National Center for Research Resources, to provide research teams with an intuitive and reusable tool for collecting, storing, and sharing data. 


  • REDCap Free: Self-service data platform with user-created custom databases, data capture, surveys, and robust integrations. Approved for electronic consent, but not Part 11 compliant.
  • REDCap Premium: Managed platform with additional access control. Electronic consent Part 11 compliant; full platform validation planned.  
  • REDCap Cloud: Third-party system with MyAccess integration. Fully Part 11 compliant, but costly and projects may require professional services.  

What's the difference?



  • Data capture system available to all UCSF (students, faculty, and staff) and external collaborators
  • Substantial workflow control; integration rich
  • Email, text messaging, interactive texting
  • Has been used across broad spectrum of use cases from HR to clinical
  • Fully UCSF supported

REDCap Premium


  • Extra levels of access control (UCSF logins only)
  • Electronic consent Part 11 compliant
  • Consent flows are in-line with data collection workflows
  • Full 21CFR11 compliance effort in early stages
  • Fully UCSF supported, but recharge model under development

REDCap Cloud


  • Fully 21CFR11 compliant
  • Cumbersome user interface
  • MyAccess integrated
  • UCSF Level 1 support only
  • RCC professional services for level 2+

With minimal training, users can design, create and deploy projects in less than one day. Users can create surveys and data collection instruments or a combination of the two using 1) the Online Designer – an online point-and-click method from your web browser, and/or 2) the offline method by constructing a 'data dictionary' template file in Microsoft Excel which can later be uploaded into REDCap.