Can I compensate research participants?


Can I compensate research participants?


Yes. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign IRB uses the term "compensation" for payments made to research participants for participation in a study. Compensation may be provided to reimburse participants for their time, effort, or for other expenses.  Compensation includes any monetary compensation, gift certificates or vouchers, mileage reimbursement, movie tickets, etc. 

The IRB reviews payment arrangements to research participants (compensation) to ensure an equitable selection of subjects by only approving payment methods that are not coercive and do not present undue influence.  Additionally, compensation must be described in the consent document.  

Compensation must be paid to UIUC participants according to the policies and guidelines set forth by the Office of Business and Financial Services. 

Please review the guidance below for additional information. 

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