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Information for Adult Volunteers

Please note that the training requirements for research volunteers were updated slightly September 5, 2018.

This page has information for adult research volunteers. Please visit the Minors, Parents and References page if you are under 18.

How do I become a research volunteer?

  • Find a principal investigator whose research you are interested in.
    • The principal investigator (often referred to as the PI) is the person leading the research. This person could also be referred to as a faculty mentor, researcher, investigator or scientist.
    • Click here to learn more about the departments and organizations within the Ohio State College of Medicine and Office of Health Sciences.
  • Carefully review the Guidelines for Research Volunteers​​​​ document.
  • Fill out an application at go.osu.edu/comresearchvolunteers​.  You will need the following:
    • Scanned copy of driver license or other government-issued ID
    • Scanned copy of current health insurance card or documentation
    • Scanned copy of visa stamp from your passport (if applicable)
    • Name and contact information for an emergency contact
    • Name and contact information for your local primary care practitioner
    • A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Sign the Research Volunteer Requirements document.
    • You will receive an email with instructions for signing the Research Volunteer Requirements electronically.
    • The requirements document will then be sent for signature by the principal investigator and the chair/director.
  • Once the application is complete, you will be contacted regarding the following steps:
    • Criminal background check (conducted by the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, including fingerprints) Finding your way - ID Processing
    • Tuberculosis screening or other immunizations may be required, depending on the activities you will be doing
    • Training appropriate for the activities you will be doing

    Please contact ResearchVolunteers@osumc.edu with any questions.

    Page last updated 09/05/2018​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​