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FDA laboratory researcher

Nature of the Appointment

Description of ORISE Research Participation Appointments at the FDA.

How to Start a Program

Establishing a Research Participation Program at the FDA through ORISE.

How to Fund a Participant

Step-by-step guide for setting up the funding for a new research participant.

How to Find a Participant

Identifying candidates for FDA research appointments through ORISE.

How to Appoint a Participant

Appointing a new participant.

How to Renew a Participant

Extending a research participation appointment at the FDA.

Mentor Responsibilities

Expectations of and training for mentors of ORISE research participants.

Stipend Information

Information on the calculation, payment, and receipt of stipends, including direct deposit instructions, health insurance premiums, and tax information for research participants.

Health Insurance

Research participants must have health insurance during their time at FDA. Learn about this requirement and the coverage available through ORAU.


Information for participant travel and reimbursement during research appointments.

Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens

Important information for non-U.S. citizens participating in ORISE research programs.


Downloadable documents for stipend payments, travel, health insurance and more.

Contact ORISE

Get in touch with ORISE staff who can help.