Human Subject Research Participant Payments: Focus Blue

Information on how to setup and use the FocusBlue participant payment system

UW's Focus Blue cards are used to pay human subject research participants with a re-loadable debit card (through US Bank).

CHM currently has one Focus Blue account for all our research subject payments.

*Note this is only for US citizens, US resident aliens and permanent residents. Non-US citizens/non-residents must be paid with other methods (email for current process)


  • Immediate release of funds to participants
  • Ease of multiple payments due to multiple study time points
  • Does not require participant to have a current checking account

Current Roles in Focus Blue Account

  • Custodian: Brittany Thomson, CHM Center Administrator
    • Responsible for overall account, assists with add/modify/delete users
  • Reconciler: Debra Dawidziak, CHM Financial Specialist/Accountant
    • Monthly reconciliation & replenishment of funds
  • Coordinators: 2 individuals from the study team to maintain separation of duties 
    • Card Activation = role 2.2
    • Card Loader (add/remove funds) = role 2.3 (+ funding file upload report feature)

How to get setup in CHM's Focus Blue account

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KeywordsFocusBlue Focus Blue Human Subject Payment Participant Participants research check card debit re-loadable Bank   Doc ID135131
OwnerBrittany T.GroupCenter for Healthy Minds
Created2024-01-30 15:38:00Updated2024-01-30 16:35:13
SitesCenter for Healthy Minds
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