The specifications for each research project are unique. Please see below for some basic pricing and timing guidelines but please note project costs can vary depending on different variables such as the type of survey, the length of survey and the population being surveyed.

To request a quote or to speak to us about your project, please don't hesitate to call us at (519) 888-4567 ext. 38964 or email us at If you prefer, we also offer the option of filling out our research study checklist with as much information as you have about your project to help us prepare a quote. We realize you may not have all the answers at this time so please feel free to skip any sections. We will contact you within 2 business days to confirm quote details and provide quote timing.

Research study checklist

Pricing Guidelines

We are often asked how much our services cost. While the costs for survey data collection is dependent upon the study specifications starting costs for basic, short survey research studies can range as follows:

  • Short web survey hosted for 1 month: starting at $3,000. 
  • Telephone survey (5 to 8 minutes in length), with minimal study participant qualifications: starting at $38 per completed survey.
  • Web survey programming using Qualtrics: $40 per hour (UW faculty, staff and students only).

Timing Guidelines

Similar to pricing, the time it takes to review a survey, program and properly test the survey, conduct the data collection and complete the final data files also varies depending on the study specifications. Typical timelines for the basic, short survey research studies outlined above are as follows:

  • Review of survey: 1-2 weeks
  • Programming and testing: 4-5 weeks
  • Data cleaning, processing and provision of final data files: 4 weeks following end of data collection

"The service provided by the Survey Research Centre is outstanding! Working on a multi-phase national research trial, the Survey Research Centre has consistently been responsive and accommodating in meeting the changing needs of our project. Throughout the project, the Survey Research Centre has provided timely progress reports and insightful recommendations so as to reach our target population and achieve high follow-up rates. We would highly recommend the Survey Research Centre for any research-based survey services."  Vlad Kushnir, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Applying for a research grant?

Learn about a new, no-cost Office of Research partnership to help UWaterloo researchers with grant applications.

Partnership with Institutional Analysis & Planning

The Survey Research Centre has partnered with Institutional Analysis & Planning (IAP) to develop and administer several campus-wide surveys to students, alumni, faculty, and staff.

The Student Experience Survey, the first survey administered through this partnership, aims to understand students' perceptions of their academic and non-academic learning environments and their experience at the University of Waterloo. These topics are explored through questions engaging students in subject matter about their general well-being, perceived efficacy of various instructional modalities and learning supports, and opinions on various strategic initiatives.

Read more about the Student Experience Survey on the IAP website: