ResearchMatch is a free participant recruitment and feasibility analysis tool for researchers at participating institutions. This tool is funded by the NIH and offered at no cost to researchers who are conducting health-related research. Click here to learn more about our 120,019 volunteers who are currently part of ResearchMatch.

What to know when registering with ResearchMatch

It’s available at no cost.

You do not need IRB approval to register.

You will find a library of resources and points-of-contact at your institution to help you use ResearchMatch.

Ready to join as a Researcher?
Join as a researcher by following these 3 steps
Find your institution from our list of participating sites. Verify your email address.
Review the instructions and researcher acknowledgement form.
Enter your contact and registration information.

Click here for step-by-step registration instructions.

Commonly Asked Questions
Who are the ResearchMatch volunteers?

ResearchMatch volunteers are registered individuals who are interested in being contacted about research studies that might be a good match for them. Volunteers reside in the US and are of all ages and backgrounds.

How do I get “matched” with volunteers?

After registering and obtaining “recruitment access”, you can search for de-identified volunteers that match your study’s criteria. Next, you will send your IRB-approved contact message to these volunteers through ResearchMatch. If volunteers are interested in learning more, they will release their contact information to you to connect directly with them. Learn more about how ResearchMatch works by visiting the FAQ page.

Is only the Principal Investigator able to register?

No. Anyone who is authorized to conduct recruitment for an approved study can register with ResearchMatch.

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For a recent study I struggled with time efficient ways to recruit participants with very specific health and home criteria. I decided to use ResearchMatch – it worked perfectly. We easily recruited our needed participants over a very short enrollment period.
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Ohio State University Researcher
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We are nearing the end of our participant recruitment for the study and got a significant number of enrolled participants for our trial from ResearchMatch (currently 39% of our nearly 300 person sample which is amazing).
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