Human Subjects Research and Marine Corps Institutional Review Board


Human Subjects Research

The protection of the rights and welfare of research volunteers is an acknowledged and accepted Command responsibility. Any research conducted at or sponsored by MCU must be in compliance with Marine Corps procedures and federal law regarding human subjects research. Methods involving gathering information from/about people may be required to undergo review by the Marine Corps’ Institutional Review Board (IRB) and/or undergo other review processes.

Any MCU students, faculty, or staff should contact MCU’s IRB representatives early in the planning phase if they are considering research involving:

  • Interviews,
  • Focus groups,
  • Observations,
  • Surveys, and/or
  • Secondary data sets with private identifiable information and/or that are not publicly available.

Additional information about the Marine Corps Human Research Protection Program (HRPP), including MCU’s points of contact application forms is available at MCU’s internal site on the Human Subjects Research page in the Research and Sponsored Projects portal. 

Extramural researchers seeking to conduct projects involving MCU personnel, students, spaces, or data should contact MCU’s Director of Research and the Marine Corps Human Research Protection Program (HRPP). More information on the Marine Corps HRPP, including application forms and FAQs, is available on the HRPP website.


Designing Data-Gathering and Analysis Approaches

For students with specialized research design needs, such as survey or interview protocols or use of qualitative and statistical analysis tools, MCU will attempt to link them to internal and external Marine Corps scholars/scientists who can assist them on an individual basis. This support is provided through a network of volunteer scholars/scientists in MCU and not all types of expertise may be available at a particular point in time. For more information, contact