Ethics of research payment

Full title: Indecent proposal? Ethics of paying participants of biomedical research

Principal Investigator: dr Joanna Różyńska
Funding: National Science Centre, OPUS 22
Project no: 2021/43/B/HS1/01881                                                         Duration: 10.2022-9.2025   

Research team: 

Project goals: The overall scientific goal of this project is to develop a conceptually clear, ethically sound and practically feasible ethical framework for offering payment to competent research participants. The goal will be achieved by clarifying and redefining a set of key issues and concerns raised by the practice of paying research subjects – namely, commodification concern, coercion and undue inducement objection, exploitation concern, and the question of fair, “appropriate” payment. The project will also provide insight intoattitudes of members of Polish biomedical RECs (komisje bioetyczne) about offers of research payment generally, and about the above mentioned payment-related concerns specifically.

Key words: research ethics, research payments, undue inducement, exploitation, fair compensation


  1. Różyńska, J. (2023). A few remarks on limits of research risks and research paymentsMedicine, Health Care and Philosophy.

Conference presentations

  1. Różyńska, J. (2023), A principle-based framework for ethical research payment, EACME Annual Conference 2023: Facing disruption. Challenges to Bioethics, Human Rights and Democracy. Warsaw 14-16 September 2023