FAQs

What is the Research Match?
Research Match simplifies the process of finding local research for users to participate in with a unique web application designed to connect military members, veterans, and family members to researchers addressing health concerns related to military service.
Who can use the Research Match?
Anyone over the age of 18 can use research match, but its primary users are military members, veterans, and family members.
How does it work?
Research Match takes information provided by researchers and creates a database searchable by a user-friendly web application. The web application utilizes the participant’s search criteria to provide a simplified report of research opportunities relevant to the participant's unique profile.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to participants to use the Research Matching tool.
Why should I make an account?
Once registered for an account with Ally Research, participants are able to save their specific search criteria and favorite studies.
Are accounts safe and secure?
Account information will never be shared with third parties, nor will any personally identifiable information be collected. Accounts are designed to be anonymous, meaning members can include as little or as much personal information as they are comfortable. Information, including veteran status, will always be held in the strictest confidence and you will never be asked for your social security number. Ally Research will never share account information or search results with a Chain of Command, nor will study participation be recorded.
What are research studies?
Research studies are scientific attempts to answer questions, explore options and increase innovation in a particular area. It is the primary way improvements and advancements in medical care are made. Research studies take many forms including clinical trials, surveys, observations, and interviews. Research studies can be managed or sponsored by universities, hospitals, the government, and private organizations.
Where can I find more information about a study I like?
Each research listing page within Ally's Research Match includes contact information for the lead researcher of each study and a web link if available. Researchers can be contacted directly for more information.
Can I suggest studies to be added to Research Match?
If you know of a study working to improve the health of military members, veterans and their families, feel free to refer the research team to Ally Research to begin the inclusion process. Each study's lead researcher must submit an application to be included in the Research Match database.
What are the benefits and risks of participating in a research study?
Each study has unique risks and benefits that will be listed on the study page. However, general benefits from research study participation can include:
  • Increasing knowledge about a condition or experience.
  • Helping health care to progress in new and exciting ways
  • Receiving access to skillful providers and innovative care
  • Serving others like you by advancing the scientific understanding of health care challenges facing America's 21st century military.
For more information see: clinicaltrials.gov
What kind of health topics do studies matched by Ally Research cover?
  • Anger/Frustration
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Drinking
  • Family Studies
  • Memory
  • Migraines/Headaches
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Sleep
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicide
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Eating Disorders
  • Other
Who do I talk to if I have questions about a certain study?
If you have additional questions about a specific study, please contact the research study contact directly. Contact information for each researcher is listed on each study page.
I think I found an error in one of the studies. What should I do?
If you believe you have found an error on a study posting, please contact Ally Research at [email protected] and we will contact the researcher immediately to amend the study post. If you have specific questions about the study please contact the researcher directly.
How do you get your information?
All research studies are posted and confirmed by clinical researchers. In order to post a trial on Ally Research, we require studies to be approved by the researcher’s institutional internal review board and assigned an official ID number. If you have additional questions regarding the trial, please contact the lead researcher directly. Otherwise, if you believe you have found an error on a trial please contact Ally Research at [email protected]