Research proposals on Minnesota’s correctional population (including incarcerated offenders as well as those on probation or supervised release) may require a review by the Minnesota Department of Corrections’ Human Subjects Review Board (HSB). Due to existing resource limitations, however, the HSB no longer reviews student research projects. Interested researchers should read Minnesota Research Policy 102.100 and submit the corresponding forms to the Research Director at Research.DOC@state.mn.us for consideration.
The HSB meets quarterly to review research requests and makes recommendations to the Research and Evaluation Advisory Committee (REAC) regarding project approval. Each proposal must be approved by REAC and then is submitted to DOC Administration for a final decision. Requests must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the quarterly review date. Due to the multi-level review process, decisions may take several weeks. Please consider the length of time a review may take when submitting a proposal.
Please direct any questions or requests for further information to Research.DOC@state.mn.us