Earning money while helping with academic research

Earning money while helping with academic research

Since retirement  one of the most interesting ways I have found to supplement my pension is by helping with academic research. When I was working I used to enjoy mentoring students and I am pleased to still be able to get involved with university studies.

I joined    Prolific  which is   a website that  links academics from around the world with participants willing to help complete online research studies.  Many studies are on psychological topics but a variety of other subjects are covered.  Surveys can take from a few minutes to an hour or sometimes more.  You are told in advance how long a survey will take and what the fee will be. Payment is generally about £5.00 per hour and can be made via  paypal or donated to charity.  Unlike most survey sites  you rarely get disqualified from a study .  You don’t need a degree to join and participants from most countries are accepted on to their panel.

So far I have completed about 200 studies and earnt over £200.00

click here to find out more  Prolific      I get a small bonus for referring  a researcher who wants to run a study.

Testable minds is a newer site. At present they do not have many studies and I have not earnt the 20$ needed to cash out but if you would like a flutter click my link.

Volunteering for local university research studies

Many universities also recruit volunteers directly for studies.  I recently participated in a  a study on dopamine and memory run by the University of Bristol.  This was a very interesting experience  which involved two overnight visits to the Bristol sleep clinic and an E.C.G., E.E.G. and an MRI scan.  Luckily I was recruited as a healthy control.  I enjoyed doing the memory tests and meeting the students.  I also received very generous expenses and dinner and breakfast on the two nights I spent at the clinic.

Helping students is something I miss since giving up work and I feel it is a worthwhile use of my time.  If you would like to give it a try, it is worth checking to see if your local university is looking for volunteers for studies.  .

I was also invited to a tasting session for high protein biscuits.  We spent

an enjoyable half an hour discussing such things as crispiness and crunch.  We soon discovered that if you are developing a product to be used as a supplementary food for the elderly you need to assume that at least some of them will have false teeth.

Another study was on cicadian  rhythm and memory.  I had to wear a glucose monitor for four days and check my blood sugar regularly.

A  Bristol company which recruits volunteers for focus groups and telephone interviews is People for research   

I have not taken part in any project with them myself but I think they are reliable.  Most focus groups take place in Bristol, London or another big city but they recruit people nationwide for phone interviews.

Author: Anne Fraser

Hi, I am Anne, I am a retired nurse from Bristol in South West England. I am married with five grown up children, four boys and a girl , a grandson and a cat. I like History, travel and reading. I hope to connect with other people with similar interests.

5 thoughts on “Earning money while helping with academic research”

  1. I’d never thought of contacting a university to enquire about their research studies – the memory & dopamine project sounds fascinating!! I hope with the high protein biscuits they let you eat as many as you want 😉

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