SPARK: Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge

What: SPARK is a national online autism research study designed to give researchers the information  they need to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives.

Who: Individuals of all ages who have a professional diagnosis of autism, live in the United States, and can read and understand English may be eligible for participation. Both biological parents will also be asked to participate.

What's involved: Participation can be done entirely at home—registration and surveys can be completed online and the DNA sample can be provided using a saliva collection kit mailed to the home. There is no cost to participate.

Pay: Families that participate with two biological parents will receive gift cards valued up to $50 for their participation.

Contact: 513-636-0523 | | Spark website

Teen group selfie.TEEN SLEEP STUDY
Healthy teens 14 to 17 years old

What: A study to learn more about how changes in sleep affect the health-related behaviors of teens

Who: Healthy teens 14 to 17 years old who are of normal weight may be eligible. Each teen and a parent will come to Cincinnati Children’s three Saturday mornings in a row, during the summer.

Pay: Families may receive up to $285 for their time and travel.

Contact: Catharine Whitacre at, 513-636-5360

Mom and daughter in car.ADD / ADHD STUDY
For teens 16 to 19 years old

What: A research study to test training programs to see if they might help teens with ADD or ADHD become safer drivers

Who: Teenagers 16 to 19 years who have a history of ADD or ADHD and a valid driver’s license (and a parent will also participate) 

Pay: Families may receive up to $250 for their time and effort.

Contact: The study coordinator, 513-803-1343 or