How To Volunteer for Vaccine Research Studies

The Vaccine Research Center (VRC) conducts clinical trials to evaluate promising HIV, Biodefense, and Re-Emerging Infectious Disease vaccine candidates.

If you are interested in volunteering to participate in a clinical study, please call us at 866-833-LIFE (5433) or email us at We will send you information about our clinical studies and follow up with you to answer any questions.

You can also fill out a confidential Volunteer Questionnaire to see if you are eligible for VRC clinical studies.

Once you agree to participate, we will follow the steps below.

Informed Consent

  • You will have an initial interview.
  • We will tell you about the study in detail.
  • We will answer any questions you have to make sure that you understand everything involved with participating in our trial.
  • You will read and sign a consent form for the study.

Eligibility Screening

  • We will ask you to complete a health questionnaire.
  • You will receive a clinical exam that includes blood tests and a physical exam.


  • Over the period of a few weeks or months (depending on the trial), you will receive a vaccination or a series of vaccinations.
  • You will be asked to keep a record of any physical reaction you have to the vaccine.
  • We will monitor the effects of the vaccine through periodic blood tests.
  • You will also receive physical examinations while you are participating in the trial.

For more information on VRC clinical trials, please call us at 866-833-LIFE (5433) or email us at

Content last reviewed on May 24, 2013