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What is ResearchMatch?

ResearchMatch is a free and secure online recruitment tool that helps match willing volunteers with eligible studies at institutions across the country.

ResearchMatch is not just one institution, one partner, or one study. Currently, the ResearchMatch network includes 179 institutions and 62 partner organizations. The platform is hosted at Vanderbilt University, but Institutional Liaison(s) exist at each participating site in order to provide local oversight of ResearchMatch usage. 

Any potential participant living in the United States, including Puerto Rico, can join ResearchMatch. People of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. A parent, legal guardian, or caretaker can register a child under 18, or register an adult that may not be able to join on their own.

Institutional Liaison

Miranda Gulasy
Clinical Research Admin

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How to Use ResearchMatch

Search for volunteers

After you have been granted recruitment access by your Institutional Liaison, you will be able to search for appropriate matches amongst the non-identifiable ResearchMatch Volunteer profiles in the system.

You will enter your study’s criteria in the ResearchMatch Search Builder which will yield a list of these potential matches.

See the Results

ResearchMatch study home pages feature all those volunteers who say yes and show aggregate figures/charts demonstrating the response rate to your initial recruitment message.

With ResearchMatch, you will have access to thousands of volunteers who may match with your studies.

Recruit Volunteers

You will send out IRB-approved content in your initial recruitment message to these potential matches through ResearchMatch.

The secure ResearchMatch clearinghouse will route your message to each of these potential matches and they will have the option of replying yes, no, or no response.

Lunch and Learn Slides

This Lunch and Learn presentation defines key terms to keep in mind when using ResearchMatch as well as best practices to enhance your experience when using ResearchMatch.

ResearchMatch Online Training Sessions

2nd Thursdays of each month at 3pm ET

This free training session will teach you how to get started and will share tips for ensuring that your experience with ResearchMatch is successful, including defining your demographics and key terms.

Learn how to

  • Add a study to ResearchMatch
  • Search for volunteers
  • Send a contact message
  • Manage your enrollment continuum.

Register for a live training session

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