Am I allowed to pay participants in my study?
Payment to research participants may be made as an incentive to participate. Payment should not be considered as a benefit of the study, but rather as compensation for volunteering of time. The remuneration should not be so substantial that a potential participant feels s/he must participate in the study.
All participants must be provided equal payment and/or equal opportunity for rewards. Recruitment publicity may mention but not emphasize the payment.
The IRB must determine whether the nature, amount and method of payment are appropriate and do not constitute undue inducement for participation. If payments exceed $600 per calendar year, the IRB requires the Research Foundation of SUNY report these payments annually to the IRS. Identifying information (name, address and social security number) must be reported by law.
The consent form must include the following:
For more information, please follow the link below, which leads to the federal Office for Human Research Protection (OHRP) guidelines on compensating study subjects: