Compensation

Compensation

Incentives offered to research participants, to recognize their time and participation, should be described in the protocol application and consent documents.  Incentives might include:

- Monetary compensation: Can be provided at an hourly rate, session rate, or total compensation for participation.

- Extra credit: If extra credit is offered as compensation, it must be commensurate across courses and sections; subjects must also be able to earn commensurate extra credit through alternate activities.

- Travel expenses: This includes reimbursements for gas, mileage, etc.

- Gifts and gift cards: Ensure gifts and gift cards are appropriate for the subject population included in the research, and not coercive.

Issues to consider in reference to compensation for research participants: