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Generally, payments to research participants are made in one of two ways:
  • Cash payments can be made. If cash will be used to pay research participants, the cash should be requested by using the Certification for Cash payment to Research Participants form. Once the form is completed and approved, TWU's Office of the Controller will issue a check to the researcher. In turn, the researcher will disburse the funds and document these disbursements. The forms and procedures for using the cash disbursement method can be found on the Office of the Controller's website.

  • Gift cards are often used as a method of providing payment to research participants. Generally, these gift cards are purchased using a TWU purchasing card (p-card). The purchase of gift cards using a TWU p-card is allowed only after the Gift Card Certification Form is completed and signed by the principal investigator and then approved by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. A request for purchasing gift cards cannot be approved unless the researcher has IRB approval for the study for which the cards will be used. This approval from ORSP to purchase gift cards must be included by the purchaser with the purchasing card documentation sent to the Controller's Office when reconciling the p-card. The distribution of gift cards must be documented using the gift card distribution log that is provided by ORSP as part of the approval process.

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