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Participate in a Study

VTTI frequently seeks volunteers to participate in its various transportation-related research studies. Volunteers are selected based on whether they meet the requirements for the objectives specific to the study. All participation is voluntary, and participants may withdraw at any time.

VTTI conducts studies in various locations across the country, and most studies provide modest compensation. All participation is voluntary and participants may withdraw at any time.

To learn more about participation in our research studies, please call 540-231-1583 and leave a message or complete this form.

Please note that, by completing the form, you are not agreeing to participate in any particular study. You are simply submitting your name and information for contact by a VTTI research team member when recruiting for a study. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI.


Specific Studies

Commercial motor vehicle driver

VTTI is currently seeking individuals who:

  • Are ages 18 and above;
  • Have a valid Class A or B Commercial Driver's License (CDL);
  • Drive a commercial motor vehicle such as a tractor-trailer or bus as part of their job;
  • Are willing to participate in a study in Blacksburg, Virginia; and
  • Are able to read and complete questionnaires.

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in participating in a future study, please complete this form. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI.

VTTI has two new research studies in the Spokane, WA area called ADAS and Pioneer. Here are the eligibility requirements to dually enroll in both studies:

  • Are you a marijuana/cannabis user?
  • Do you drive a 2018 or newer vehicle with new technology such as Lane Keeping Assistance or Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically slows with traffic?
  • Are you willing to routinely use your smart phone to collect data on substance use through VTTI’s free and confidential app?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a naturalistic driving study focused on how people drive and interact with their newer vehicle technologies, such as driver assistance systems (ADAS Washington Study), as well as a secondary study on substance use (Pioneer Study).

All data for these studies are strictly confidential and participant privacy is protected, both locally and federally, by a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Institute of Health. VTTI has been conducting transportation safety research studies all over the country for over fifteen years.

Participants will have the option to participate in an enrollment period of 3-months and be compensated $500. Participants may be given the option to extend their participation up to 12 months (total maximum compensation of $1,400). Please contact a team member or visit the project’s website for full compensation details.

Interested? Please contact us at 540-231-1583 or PioneerStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the “Pioneer Wash” study in your message. All inquiries welcome!

To learn more about either study, visit the Pioneer study website.

VTTI is looking for drivers to participate in a research study where they drive their own vehicles equipped with newer technologies! (IRB #20-205)

Do you drive a vehicle, 2018 or newer, with the following features:

  • Lane Keeping Assistance - automatically keeps the vehicle in the lane?
  • Adaptive Cruise Control - maintains set speed, but also automatically slows with traffic?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in the “ADAS Washington” naturalistic driving study focused on how people drive and interact with newer technology such as advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS.

Participants will have the option to participate in an enrollment period of either

  • 3 months (total maximum compensation of $300)
  • At the end of your 3 months, you may be given the option to extend your participation in 3-month intervals)
  • 12 months (total maximum compensation of $750)

Please call or visit the website below for full compensation details. All data will be kept strictly confidential.

Interested? Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the "ADAS WASH" study in the message. All inquiries welcome! (IRB #19-785)

To learn more, visit the ADAS study website.

Do you drive a newer vehicle? VTTI is looking for drivers of vehicles with new technology to participate in a research study (IRB #19-445) for $50/month for approximately 12 months.

Interested? Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASStudy@vtti.vt.edu and mention the “ADAS NRV” study. If you would like to learn more, fill out this survey.

Do you drive a newer vehicle? VTTI is looking for drivers of vehicles with new technology in the Northern Virginia/Washington D.C. areas to participate in a research study (IRB #19-445) for $50/month for approximately 12 months.

Interested? Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASStudy@vtti.vt.edu and mention the “ADAS NOVA” study. If you would like to learn more, fill out this survey.

Do you drive a 2018 or newer vehicle? VTTI is looking for San Antonio, Texas drivers of vehicles with features, such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist, to participate in a research study for $50/month for approximately 12 months. Initial enrollment for 6 months would yield $450; maximum enrollment of 12 months would yield $750. (IRB #20-331)

Interested? Please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or ADASStudy@vtti.vt.edu and mention the "ADAS Texas" study.

To learn more, visit the ADAS study website.

VTTI has two new research studies in the New River Valley, Roanoke, Hampton Roads, and Eastern Shore areas called ADAS and Pioneer. Here are the eligibility requirements to dually enroll in both studies:

  • Are you a marijuana/cannabis user?
  • Do you drive a 2018 or newer vehicle with new technology such as Lane Keeping Assistance or Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically slows with traffic?
  • Are you willing to routinely use your smart phone to collect data on substance use through VTTI’s free and confidential app?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a naturalistic driving study focused on how people drive and interact with vehicle technologies, such as driver assistance systems (ADAS Study), as well as a secondary study on substance use (Pioneer Study).

All data for these studies are strictly confidential and participant privacy is protected, both locally and federally, by a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Institute of Health. VTTI has been conducting transportation safety research studies all over the country for over fifteen years.

Participants will have the option to participate in an enrollment period of 3-months and be compensated $500. Participants may be given the option to extend their participation up to 12 months (total maximum compensation of $1,400). Please contact a team member or visit the project’s website for full compensation details.

Interested? Please contact us at 540-231-1583 or PioneerStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the “Pioneer” study in your message.(IRB #19-785)

To learn more about either study, visit the Pioneer Study website.

VTTI has two new research studies in the Wash DC/Northern, Virginia areas called ADAS and Pioneer. Here are the eligibility requirements to dually enroll in both studies:

  • Are you a marijuana/cannabis user?
  • Do you drive a 2018 or newer vehicle with new technology such as Lane Keeping Assistance or Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically slows with traffic?
  • Are you willing to routinely use your smart phone to collect data on substance use through VTTI’s free and confidential app?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a naturalistic driving study focused on how people drive and interact with newer vehicle technologies, such as driver assistance systems (ADAS Study), as well as a secondary study on substance use (Pioneer Study).

All data for these studies are strictly confidential and participant privacy is protected, both locally and federally, by a Certificate of Confidentiality issued by the National Institute of Health. VTTI has been conducting transportation safety research studies all over the country for over fifteen years.

Participants will have the option to participate in an enrollment period of 3-months and be compensated $700. Participants may be given the option to extend their participation up to 12 months (total maximum compensation of $1,600). Please contact a team member or visit the project’s website for full compensation details.

Interested? Please contact us at 540-231-1583 or PioneerStudy@vtti.vt.edu and reference the “Pioneer NOVA” study in your message. (IRB #19-785)

To learn more about either study, visit the Pioneer Study website.

VTTI is seeking individuals aged 18-80 with valid U.S. driver’s licenses to participate in a research study.

Participants will drive a research vehicle on a closed test course at VTTI. The purpose of the study is to evaluate driver behavior and preferences across a variety of roadway scenarios, such as encountering pedestrians, disabled vehicles, and objects. Total participation time consists of one session lasting approximately 2.5 hours either during the day or at night. This project provides compensation of $75 for full participation.

To learn more, contact 540-231-1277 or drivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference “the Bermuda Study” in the message. (IRB # 21-267)

VTTI is seeking individuals who use modes of transportation other than or in addition to driving to participate in a research study. The study will explore what type of information individuals want or need while using new forms of transportation. Participation in this study involves the use of Zoom video conferencing software to connect multiple people electronically from the comfort of their own home or office.

To be eligible, interested individuals must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 25-64 years of age
  • Live, work, volunteer, or often travel in the Washington, DC or surrounding areas such as Northern Virginia
  • Prior experience using Ride Share services such as Uber, Lyft, or similar is preferred
  • Seeking participants:
    • Group 1: parents of children, ages 12-15 (child/teen will not be asked to participate)
    • Group 2: without children or parent/guardian of children of different ages
  • Have a tablet or computer with internet service and video conferencing capabilities
  • Prior experience using Zoom is preferred

This project has two parts. During the initial 30-minute session, participants will, via Zoom video conference, privately complete questionnaires, review study details, and determine whether their connection to Zoom Meeting, with their electronic device, is eligible to move on to the focus group session.

If eligible, the second session will be a focus group with up to four other participants. During this group video conference, participants will listen to descriptions of various driving scenarios and provide opinions on what information they would like to receive during each scenario. The focus group session will take about 75 minutes. Each part will likely be scheduled on different days.

This project provides compensation of $15 for the initial intake session, and $45 for the focus group, for a total of $60 for full participation in both parts. Your data will be kept strictly confidential.

To learn more, please contact: 540-231-0295 or VTTIStudy@vtti.vt.edu. Reference the "Ripley" project in your message. (IRB #20-798)

VTTI is seeking experienced drivers, aged 70+, to participate in a research study. Participants will be asked to complete two brief cognitive assessments at VTTI and then drive their own vehicles as they normally would.

To be eligible, interested individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Live or work in the New River Valley, Salem, Roanoke Valley, or other areas near Virginia Tech
  • Own/drive a 2017 or newer vehicle
  • Those who frequently drive over 10 miles per trip are preferred
  • Total participation time: 4 weeks
  • Compensation: up to $250
  • Your data will be kept strictly confidential

To learn more, please call 540-231-0295 or email drivers@vtti.vt.edu. Reference “Experienced Drivers-Advanced Vehicles” in your message.