ICD Policy for Collaboration with Outside Researchers

From time to time, ICD receives requests for help from researchers, and ICD desires to collaborate in appropriate research conducted by qualified scientists. To allow ICD to collaborate with researchers in appropriate fields of study, to protect ICD, its subscribers and their clients and to provide a reasonable, concrete procedure that is easily communicated to those who contact us for help in their research, the following is ICD policy:

Researchers desiring to collaborate with ICD who are associated with an accredited university will provide the Research Director with the following:

  1. a letter from the Institutional Review Board of the accredited university approving the research,
  2. an outline of the research protocol including any survey questionnaires,
  3. agreement that ICD will be acknowledged for our contribution in any published or unpublished report of the research,
  4. any other documentation required by the Research Director to determine the appropriateness of the collaboration,
  5. an explanation of the role ICD is expected to play, and
  6. the benefits that ICD could expect from this collaboration.

Following the receipt of all of the above documentation, the Research Director will contact you for a phone meeting discussion about your project, to consider it from ICD's perspective.
ICD's next steps would be discussed during that phone call as well.

Researchers desiring to collaborate with ICD who are not associated with an accredited university but who are associated with a 501(c)3 nonprofit will provide the Research Director with the following:

  1. a letter from an independent Institutional Review Board approving the research,
  2. an outline of the research protocol including any survey questionnaires,
  3. agreement that ICD will be acknowledged for our contribution in any published or unpublished report of the research,
  4. any other documentation required by the Research Director to determine the appropriateness of the collaboration,
  5. an explanation of the role ICD is expected to play, and
  6. the benefits that ICD could expect from this collaboration.

Following the receipt of all of the above documentation, the Board of Directors will consider the request based on the recommendation of the Research Director. Unanimous approval of the ICD Board of Directors will be required for ICD to collaborate in any research not conducted within an accredited university.