Participate in COVID-19 research

Join research studies if you tested positive for COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive.

What to do

Researchers at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the University of California are seeking people who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who is COVID-19 positive to join research studies. 

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Provide your contact information and we will reach out to you.

You may also contact the study directly using the contact information provided for each individual study.

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Research for people who recently tested positive for COVID-19

Have you recently tested positive for COVID-19 and want investigational treatment through a research study? If so, you may be eligible for a UCSF research study looking to prevent hospitalizations and worsening disease.

You may qualify if you are 18 of age or older, have tested positive for COVID-19 within 8 days prior to starting the study, and are currently experiencing at least one COVID symptom.

You will not qualify if you have a prior history of or are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, received convalescent plasma treatment or other investigational treatment for COVID-19.

The study lasts for 24 weeks. Compensation is provided for in-clinic visits and blood draws.

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Research Study Program for COVID- 19 with Regeneron

Have you or a friend tested positive for COVID-19? SF Research Institute is currently enrolling volunteers to participate in Regeneron’s COVID-19 antibody cocktail investigational medicine study. If you have tested positive within the last 3 days or suspect you have COVID-19, you may be eligible to participate.

You may be compensated up to $3,650 for your participation.

Visit SFRI to see if you are eligible.

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Researchers at Vitalant Research Institute are looking for people newly diagnosed with COVID-19 to donate blood and swabs from the nose and mouth.

These samples will be used to understand how SARS-CoV-2 affects infected persons.

Volunteers should be age 18 or over and not pregnant.

This study is completely voluntary. Volunteers will be compensated $50 per visit for their time. 

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Research leading to a COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers in the San Francisco Department of Public Health are seeking people to help find a COVID-19 vaccine. They are currently enrolling COVID-19 positive people to learn more about how our bodies respond to and recover from the SARS-CoV-2 virus also known as “coronavirus”. The information learned from this study will be used to help develop future vaccines and treatments. It may also be used to develop better tests for SARS-COV-2 infection.

You may be eligible if you received a positive COVID-19 test result. If eligible for a study, you will be paid for your time and study participation.

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The Long-term Impact of Infection with Novel Coronavirus (LIINC)

The Long-term Impact of Infection with Novel Coronavirus (LIINC) study is a collaboration of UCSF researchers looking for adult volunteers who tested positive for COVID-19 to understand the changes that happen after recovery from the virus.  Specifically, the study is trying to understand how immunity develops and changes over time, as well as the effects of COVID-19 on different organ systems.

People who tested positive for COVID-19 can volunteer. You will need to give blood and saliva samples several times over the next 2 years.

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COVID-19 Host Immune Response Pathogenesis (CHIRP) Study

Researchers at UCSF are working to understand why some individuals have more severe symptoms of COVID-19 while others have little to no symptoms, which may be related to your genetics, immune defenses, or personal characteristics such as your age, gender, or medical conditions. The information will be used to potentially develop vaccines, treatment, and better tests for COVID-19.

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Find COVID - Return to public life

Are you curious if you can still give COVID to your family or friends? Are you worried that they may get it from you? 

UCSF researchers are working with SF Department of Public Health to understand when and for long people are infectious with COVID as part of a household transmission study. This information will help determine how long quarantine should be and when people can return to work or their public life.

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Last updated March 18, 2021