Advances in medical science come through research. At NIDA, we have been able to learn about how drugs, alcohol, and nicotine affect the body and brain.
Visit these websites to learn more about our research results:
These advances are direct results of research studies involving people like you.
Getting started is easy. The first step is to call our Research Call Center at 1–800–535–8254 for a short (about 20 minutes) confidential phone interview. If it looks like you may qualify for one or more of our studies, you may be asked to come to NIDA for an in-person screening appointment.
All research applicants are thoroughly screened to see if they qualify for a study. At the in-person screening appointment, you will undergo a series of assessments and medical tests, including a physical exam and a review of your medical history. Results of these tests will be discussed with you, and you will be informed of any medical conditions we may find that you should follow up on. A physician will review all the information collected during the screening process to determine if you qualify for a study.
We offer an online screener that you can access through our website. This screener consists of just a few questions. Your responses will give you an idea of whether a study at NIDA may be an option for you or not. Completing the online screener is not required, but it does help you start the process and connect with NIDA.
The first required step of the screening process is to complete a phone interview with one of NIDA’s recruiting specialists in our call center. The phone screening takes about 15 to 20 minutes. You will be asked a variety of questions about your medical health, mental health, drug use history, and other topics that may affect whether you can participate or not. Following this call, you will be told if you qualify for the in-person screening appointment. Our call center is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 6:00pm. You can reach the call center at 1 800-535-8254.
The in-person screening appointment is the main step in determining eligibility (whether you qualify to participate or not) for a NIDA study. If you qualify for an in-person screening appointment, you will be scheduled to come to our Baltimore, Maryland location. Screening appointments typically last 4 to 6 hours, though some may be shorter. You will complete questionnaires, mental health evaluations, substance use evaluations, and medical evaluations. Once we collect your screening information, we will know whether you appear eligible for a study at NIDA. In all cases, a medical doctor or designated member of a study team determines final eligibility. Screening hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
We do not pay you for completing the online screener or the phone interview.
You will be paid between $20 and $70 for your in-person screening visit. The amount you earn depends on the number of questionnaires you complete and how long you are at NIDA for screening. You will be paid the day of the in-person screening visit before leaving NIDA.
Being disqualified from a study is very common. Sometimes people are qualified for some studies but disqualified from others. If you are disqualified, you will be paid for your time and completed tasks up to that point in screening.
Please note that we are not always able to share your disqualification reason with you because we need to protect that information about the study. If there is a medical concern, we will always share this with you and provide you copies of your test results (for example, lab results or physical exam results) so that you may give them to your doctor for follow-up.
We suggest bringing something to read in case you have down time during your visits. Cell phone use is not permitted for talking on the phone; you will be asked to step outside if you need to make a call. However, cell phones, tablets, and other devices may be used for online purposes if all sound is kept off. You will be able to connect to our guest Wi-Fi.
We have light snacks and drinks available, but feel free to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Depending on your visit time and length, you may be offered lunch.
Because we are located in a federal building, you will pass through security and a metal detector. You will not be allowed into the building if you have firearms, other weapons, drug paraphernalia, controlled substances, or containers holding alcohol with you.
Some tools may be considered weapons under federal building guidelines, and we cannot allow any knife with a blade longer than 2.5 inches (which may include some pocket knives or switchblades).