The protection of the rights and welfare of research volunteers is an acknowledged and accepted Command responsibility. Any research sponsored by EDCOM must be in compliance with USMC 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 EDCOM students, faculty, or staff should contact EDCOM’s IRB representative Kate Kuehn early in the planning phase if they are considering research involving:
· Focus groups,
· Surveys, and/or
· Secondary data sets with private identifiable information and/or that are not publicly available
More information on the Marine Corps Human Research Protection Program, including application forms and FAQs, is available online at:https://www.tecom.marines.mil/Resources/Marine-Corps-Human-Research-Protection-Program/.
Designing Primary Research and Data-Gathering Tools
For students with specialized research design needs, MCU will make an effort 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 scholars/scientists in LCSC, CAOCL, and IRAP. For more information, contact MCU_ResearchResources@usmcu.edu.
Further information for students considering these research methods is available in the LCSC Style Guide at https://grc-usmcu.libguides.com/ld.php?content_id=37713867.
External or Extramural Researchers
The USMC does support extramural research. Extramural research is defined as research conducted by a non-DoD and non-federal institution or organization outside of the Marine Corps that is requesting the support of the Marine Corps either through the solicitation of Marines or federal employees of the Marine Corps as voluntary research subjects or through the use of Marine Corps facilities, resources or equipment. Inquiries regarding procedures for recruitment of EDCOM faculty, staff, or students for extramural research should be directed to EDCOM's IRB representative Kate Kuehn. Further details are outlined in the USMC Human Research Protection Program Policy at: https://www.tecom.marines.mil/Resources/Marine-Corps-Human-Research-Protection-Program/.