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Volunteer Opportunities

The Human Factors Program relies on paid volunteers with different backgrounds and perspectives to participate in our research studies. Help provide us with a thorough understanding of how individuals respond to different stimuli on roadways by joining our participant database. 

Join Our Participant Database Today!

Interested in participating in cutting edge transportation research? Studies generally last one to two hours, and are conducted in person at the Turner–Fairbank Highway Research Center, which is located at 6300 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101. All participants are responsible for transportation to the facility; all volunteers are compensated for their participation.

Call, text, or  email:


  • At least 18 years of age.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • At least 20/40 vision; glasses and contacts are OK.

Make sure you bring a valid ID and arrange a time for your visit. Directions to the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center.

Your safety is our priority!

The Human Factors team continues to observe FHWA’s on-site COVID-19 recommendations. Volunteers are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID–19 and comply with masking requirements at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center. 

Staff cleans and disinfects all shared surfaces and research equipment before and after each use. 

Note: We are taking precautions to maximize safety by following enhanced health and safety procedures that align with guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention; FHWA; and other local, State, and Federal agencies. Participants and researchers will use a face covering. Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves will be readily available and social distancing will be practiced whenever possible.