Pioneer Research Study
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is seeking volunteers in the Spokane, Washington and Virginia areas for two confidential studies. First, the ADAS study, is conducting research on drivers of 2018 or newer vehicles equipped with driver assist systems such as those that help you stay in your driving lane. A second research study, named “Pioneer” is collecting substance use data.
To be eligible for the Pioneer research study, interested volunteers must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Enroll in the ADAS study examining how people drive cars equipped with driver assistance systems (ADAS), such as adaptive cruise control or lane keep assist.
- Details about this study and the requirements for enrolling can be found on the ADAS study page.
- Have used marijuana (cannabis) multiple times in the last 30 days
- Have a smart phone and be willing to install and use a free VTTI app named Data Diary
- Be willing to routinely use your smart phone to complete brief app-based surveys and submit breathalyzer and monthly oral fluid samples yourself with easy-to-use equipment provided by VTTI.
All data are strictly confidential, and your privacy is both locally and federally protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Institute of Health. With this Certificate, neither the researchers nor study sponsors can be forced to disclose information that may identify you, even by a court subpoena, in any federal, state, or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceedings.
*NEW!* Pioneer is now recruiting volunteers in Virginia due to recent legalization. Please call 540-231-1583 or follow the “How To Sign Up” link below for more information. Enrollment is now open for both new and currently enrolled ADAS participants (IRB#19-445).
Volunteers will be compensated for their time. Participants in all locations have the option for an initial 3 month enrollment (up to $500 compensation for participation in both studies) with the potential to extend their participation up to the full 14 months (up to $1,600 compensation for participation in both studies). This research has been reviewed and approved by the Virginia Tech Institutional Review Board (IRB #19-785).
To learn more, you may reach the VTTI Volunteer Coordination Team at 540-231-1583 or follow the “How To Sign Up” link:
We’re sorry to see you go! Thank you for your interest in the ADAS Study. We are always searching for ways to improve and greatly value your feedback. It would benefit future research endeavors if you would answer this this short six question survey.. Your answers will be recorded anonymously. Thank you in advance for your time.
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Enrollment at this location is now open. Call 540-231-1583 or sign up to hear about future research opportunities in your area.
What to Expect
If you participate in the Pioneer project, we will collect data on your use of marijuana (cannabis), alcohol, medications, and other substances. We will ask you:
- to complete a brief subtance use questionnaire each time you drive (~30-90 seconds/per trip), using a free and secure VTTI app installed on your Smartphone
- to perform a breathalyzer test, using provided equipment, only when you are driving alone and prompted by the app to do so (included in the above ~30-90 seconds/per trip)
- to swab some oral fluid from your mouth, about once a month, as prompted by the VTTI app, using sterile cotton applicators provided by us; then ask you to mail them to a secure, independent lab site in a self-addressed, stamped envelope we provide (~5-10 minutes)
Throughout the study, the research team will ensure your privacy is protected:
- If you decide to take part, your privacy will be both locally and federally protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality through the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). With this Certificate, neither the researchers nor study sponsors can be forced to disclose information that may identify you, even by a court subpoena, in any federal, state, or local civil, criminal, administrative, legislative, or other proceedings.
- The How will my identity be kept secure?lab results from your self-administered drug test kit (once a month) will be treated as confidential. Your identity will not be shared with the testing laboratory and the results can only be accessed by select authorized research personnel.
- The recording of your data is NOT live. It will not be viewable in real time. None of the equipment will automatically alert the researchers of any findings while you are driving.
- Subtance use data will not be associated with your identity and will be stored securely.
- Your data will be assigned a random participant number, ensuring that your personal information will never be associated with the recorded data.