Payment to Research Participants

Feb 21, 2021 11:00 pm

The IRBMED reviewers look at each project individually in order to assess the risks and benefits involved. There is no set guideline regarding the total amount of payment investigators may give to study participants. Payments to subjects are not required.

  • acceptable levels of payment

    The norms regarding acceptable levels of payment include:

    • Reimbursement for transportation and parking, documented by receipts.
    • Payment as an incentive for participation, for instance to compensate for time away from work or other activities. Incentive payments are examined for any undue influence they may have on subjects, such as those who may feel compelled to participate in research as a result of their financial situation.

    In most cases, reimbursement is more acceptable pro-rated. Lump sums, given only upon completion of the entire research project, are generally not acceptable by the IRBMED; and investigators will be asked to revise lump-sum payments so as to avoid compromising a participant's decision to withdraw prior to the study end.


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Last Updated: February 21, 2021 11:00 PM