Participate in a Study

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) frequently seeks volunteers to participate in its studies. Volunteers are selected based on whether they meet the requirements for the objectives specific to the study. Licensed drivers, 18 and older, and all levels of experience are needed for research studies.

Sign-up to be Contacted about Future Studies

VTTI maintains a database of potential candidates for study participation. General studies normally take a few hours to complete, and most provide modest pay for volunteers. If you are interested in being added to the general study database for contact about future participation opportunities, please complete this form. Your submission will be automatically forwarded to a VTTI participant recruitment specialist.

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 researcher when recruiting for a study. Any information you provide will remain confidential and will not be shared with others outside of VTTI.

Specific Studies

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers in the Pecos, Texas area, with a valid U.S. driver’s license who are 22-50 years of age and meet the following criteria:

  • Do not require eyeglasses for driving (contacts are fine)
  • Do not use products with nicotine
  • Participants must meet basic health criteria

The project requires one visit during the nighttime, driving a research vehicle on a closed to the public test track and lasts approximately 4-5 hours.

  • This project compensates $200 for full participation
  • Your data will be kept strictly confidential

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at: 540-231-1583 or email VTTIstudy@vtti.vt.edu. Reference the “Dreamscape” project in your message.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking individuals to participate in a research study. This study would involve driving one of our research vehicles instead of your own for 4 weeks. In addition, participants will be asked to drive the provided research vehicle on the Smart Road, during 6 separate visits to VTTI.

To qualify, must be employed by Virginia Tech, have a valid U.S. license, be 25-70 years of age and drive, on average, 60 miles per day, preferably a long-distance commute of 20 miles or more, one way.

The research vehicles in this project are newer models with advance technology, and volunteers will be compensated up to $360 for full participation. All data will be kept strictly confidential.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at: 540-231-0295 or email us at drivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference "the Sonic Study" in your message. All inquiries welcome!

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking drivers with experience operating both sedans and SUVs or Pickups to participate in a research study during daytime hours. Drivers must fall within one of the following age ranges: 20-30, 40-50 or 60-70, and possess valid U.S. driver’s licenses to be eligible to participate.

Participants will drive two research vehicles, a sedan and a SUV, on a test course at VTTI. Total participation time consists of one visit lasting approximately 3.5 hours. This project provides compensation of $100 for full participation.

To learn more, contact 540-231-0295 or drivers@vtti.vt.edu and reference "the Mass Study" in the message.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) is seeking motorcyclists who have valid U.S. driver’s licenses to participate in a research study during daytime hours. All volunteers must be between 18-65 years of age and routinely use Android smartphones with Bluetooth capability.

During the study session, participants will be required to ride their own motorcycles on public roads in the Blacksburg area. Total participation time consists of a 1.5 hour-long visit and provides compensation of $45 for full participation.

To learn more, contact 540-231-0988 or motorcycle@vtti.vt.edu and reference "the Barracuda Project".

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.