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Requirements for Research Involving the DoD

  • Research involving the DoD requires additional compliance activities, documentation, and subject protections.
  • These requirements apply to all Expedited and Full IRB review of human subjects research "involving" a DoD component.


How do I know if my research involves the DoD?


Research involves the DoD when any of the following apply:

  • The research is funded by a component of DoD (example: Department of Defense direct grant, the Office of Naval Research, Department of the Army, etc.).
  • The research involves cooperation, collaboration, or other type of agreement with a component of DoD.
  • The research uses property, facilities, or assets of a component of DoD.
  • The subject population will intentionally include personnel (military or civilian) from a component of DoD.

What are the components of DoD?


DoD components include, but may not be limited to:

  • Department of Defense
  • Navy
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Naval Academy
  • U.S. Naval Observatory
  • Army
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Military Academy (West Point)
  • Air Force
  • Air Force Academy
  • Marines
  • Coast Guard
  • Coast Guard Academy
  • National Guard
  • Missile Defense Agency
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • National Security Agency
  • National War College
  • Other DoD facilities

What do I need to do?


A new supplement called the Department of Defense (DoD) Supplement will assist researchers in ensuring that the additional DoD requirements are met.

Effective May 01, 2010: 

  • New Application: all new applications (expedited or full review) must include the DoD Supplement.
  • Existing Studies: all existing studies will need to submit an associated DoD Supplement with their next continuing review.

What do these additional requirements mean to me?


Researchers are not allowed to expend DoD funds on human subjects projects until all of the following conditions are met.

  • The IRB has reviewed and approved the research.
  • The DoD component that is funding the research has been provided documentation of IRB approval.
  • Office of Sponsored Research has received notice from the DoD component that the IRB approval has been received and accepted.

Who do I contact in the IRO?


Please go to the IRO contact page.