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NIH clinical trials compensation

What is the Clinical Research Volunteer Program (CRVP)?

Since 1954, the NIH Clinical Center, through the Clinical Research Volunteer Program, has provided an opportunity for healthy volunteers-local, national, and international-to participate in medical research studies (sometimes called protocols or trials). Healthy volunteers provide researchers with important information for comparison with people who have specific illnesses. Every year, nearly 3, 500 healthy volunteers participate in studies at NIH.

What are the benefits of volunteering to take part in clinical research?

Healthy volunteers who take part in clinical research studies at NIH may:

  • Receive a thorough physical exam (in some studies)
  • Receive compensation for taking part in a study
  • Further medical knowledge
  • Have the satisfaction of helping someone suffering from a chronic, serious, or life-threatening illness
  • Provide important scientific information for developing new disease treatments

Will I be compensated?

The NIH compensates study participants for their time and, in some instances, for the inconvenience of a procedure. There are standard compensation rates for the participant's time; the study's principal investigator determines inconvenience rates. NIH reports compensation of $600 or more to the Internal Revenue Service and sends a "Form 1099-Other Income" to the participant at the end of the year. Please be aware that some or all of that compensation may be garnished if the participant has outstanding debts to the federal government.

What kinds of clinical studies are available?

There are about 300 studies available to healthy volunteers. You can find information on these studies on the Clinical Center's home page on the World Wide Web. Type in the keywords: healthy and normal.

Studies for both inpatients and outpatients vary in length of time, location (onsite at the NIH Clinical Center, the NIH hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, or at off-site facilities in other areas), age, gender, special requirements, medical exclusions, and procedures. You select the studies that interest you the most and for which you think you would qualify.

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Popular Q&A

Does NIH pay healthy patient volunteers for clinical trials?

Yes...depending on the trial. You can go to their site and search through all their trials. Here is one example:
Also, if you are in the DC/Balt area there are many paid trials at the many universities (Hopkins, UMD, Gtown, etc.).

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