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.

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