If you plan to make payments to participants in your research study, please review the following information carefully. Before submitting your protocol to the IRB, we recommend that you read this Overview, the pages that pertain to your funding source (personal funds or University funds), and the Template Language for Consent Forms document.
Note that this overview pertains only to the distribution of the incentive payments; the IRB determines through protocol review process whether the amount of the incentive is appropriate.
The Research Incentive Wizard can also provide information about different types of incentives and fund sources.
The handling of research participation incentives differs depending on the source of funds, and on the type and value of the incentive:
The RIC is the PI’s single point of contact for research participation incentives. The RIC is CITI-trained, has signed a confidentiality agreement, serves on the Executive Committee of the IRB, and is the Business Manager for the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
The RIC will be primarily involved with studies using University funds, but is available for assistance and advice for all studies. For University-funded studies, the RIC will help researchers navigate the requirements and maintain compliance by
The most commonly used types of incentives include:
When using University funds, the amount of the incentive determines the paperwork and handling required. (See University Funds section for additional details.)