Subjects Payments Guidance


It is important that all payments to human subjects are both ethical and made in accordance with all regulations. The resources on this page provide guidance and support on how to properly pay subjects who participate in your research. 

After you have received IRB approval for human subjects payments, make sure you work with the Human Subject Incentives Program (HSIP) to obtain your incentives.


Human Subject Incentives Program (HSIP)
Human subjects often are paid a fee for their participation in research projects. Protocols for the use of human beings in research, teaching, or testing are reviewed and approved, according to federal, state and university policies. The (HSIP) office is responsible for all study payments at the University of Michigan. All incentives for study volunteers must come from the HSIP. Study team members responsible for subject payments will need training prior to using the system, so please plan accordingly.

U-M IRBMED – Guidance Regarding Payments to Subjects
IRBMED offers guidance regarding payment to research subjects.

U-M Standard Practice Guideline – Research Subject Incentives
The U-M Standard Practice Guide provides guidance regarding research subject incentives.

U-M HRPP Operations Manual Part 7 – III Payments to Research Subjects
The Office of Research Ethics & Compliance Operations Manual offers guidance regarding participant protection with a section devoted to payments to research subjects.

Payment to Research Subjects – Information Sheet (FDA)
The FDA provides guidance for institutional review boards and clinical investigators regarding payment to research subjects.

ICH-GCP E6 – Sections 3.1.2, 3.1.8, 3.1.9, 4.8.10 (k), 5.11.1 (c)
This page provides guidance regarding subject payments from the International Council for Harmonization: Good Clinical Practice.

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