ResearchMatch FAQ

What is the overall objective of

ResearchMatch aims to serve as an effective, useful and complementary recruitment tool that will help connect willing volunteers with researchers who are searching for appropriate volunteers to be placed in their research studies (not just clinical trials).

How many volunteers are registered in the system?

There are over 100,000 volunteers registered in the system nationally. About 2,800 volunteers are registered in the state of Oregon.

What does it cost to use ResearchMatch?

ResearchMatch is a not-for-profit activity and provided at no cost to OHSU researchers. OCTRI facilitates access for OHSU researchers.

What is required to use ResearchMatch as a recruitment tool?

OHSU researchers are given access to the ResearchMatch system.  Upon registration, researchers may request either feasibility or recruitment access.  To gain Recruitment Access, a study’s Principal Investigator (PI) and/or authorized recruitment proxy must submit evidence of having an IRB-approved study. 

What do I need to communicate to my IRB if I want to use ResearchMatch?

OHSU researchers must submit their intent to use ResearchMatch to the IRB. There are two simple steps to the IRB requirements for ResearchMatch. For more information go to the ResearchMatch for Investigators page and see the instructions under "Approval Process."

I already submitted the IRQ and didn't indicate that I want to use ResearchMatch. Can I still use it for recruitment?

Yes, you can use ResearchMatch after submitting a modification to the IRB. The modification should specify that you would like to use, and it should include a copy of the recruitment letter and/or email.

Will my ResearchMatch access expire?

Yes, your access to recruit via ResearchMatch will last only as long as your IRB-study approval.  The expiration date of your ResearchMatch access will mirror the expiration date of your study.  If an unintentional lapse in time occurs and you are not able to submit this information in time, your ResearchMatch data will not be lost.

Is ResearchMatch only for clinical trials?

No, ResearchMatch is available to help match any type of IRB-approved study with ResearchMatch volunteers.

How does ResearchMatch relate to is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.  If you use ResearchMatch for a study that requires registration with Clinicaltrials.gove the National Clinical Trial Number (NCT#) will be added to ResearchMatch to allow volunteers to easily learn more about the study opportunity as well as view any results that have been posted.

 How do I get matched with volunteers?

After you have been granted recruitment access, 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.  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.  

Your study’s home page will feature all those volunteers who say yes and show aggregate figures/charts demonstrating the response rate to your initial recruitment message.  Once the volunteer has authorized ResearchMatch to release their contact information to you, you will be responsible for managing this contact information as called for by your IRB-approved study protocol.

Who are the ResearchMatch Volunteers?

ResearchMatch Volunteers are individuals who have self-registered or had someone else register on their behalf through the ResearchMatch Volunteer Registration page.  These individuals have registered their interest to be contacted about research studies that might be a good match for them, but have by no means consented to enroll in any study for which they release their contact information through ResearchMatch.  Currently, ResearchMatch volunteers must reside in the United States.  All ages and backgrounds are welcome (e.g. there may be individuals who have cancer, a rare disease or could be considered healthy volunteers enrolled in ResearchMatch).  A parent, legal guardian or caretaker may register someone under the age of 18 or an adult that may not be able to enter in their own information, but the parent, caretaker or guardian must register their own contact information.

I'm not at OHSU researcher. Can I still participate?

Currently, invitations to participate in ResearchMatch are limited to only those sites that have been awarded and are affiliated with a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium.  OHSU is affiliated with the CTSA Consortium through the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

If you are from a CTSA-affiliated site that is not featured in the ResearchMatch Network, please contact to learn of your site’s current status.  ResearchMatch looks forward to expanding its Network beyond the CTSA in the future.  Whether or not you are from a CTSA site, please fill out the Researcher Interest Form to express your interest to learn more about ResearchMatch when it may become available in the future.

How Do I Cite ResearchMatch?

You should reference ResearchMatch and the CTSA program as follows: Recruitment for the study included/was done via ResearchMatch, a national health volunteer registry that was created by several academic institutions and supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health as part of the Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. ResearchMatch has a large population of volunteers who have consented to be contacted by researchers about health studies for which they may be eligible. Review and approval for this study and all procedures was obtained from <<institutional review board>>.

How can I publicize ResearchMatch in my clinic or at an event?

We are always interested in publicizing ResearchMatch to potential volunteers, and anyone can register as a volunteer. Volunteer registration has been active since November 2009, and in the first six months ResearchMatch focused on building the registry's volunteer population. Researchers can now access ResearchMatch for recruitment, but efforts to expand the registry continue. Anyone can register at

To access ResearchMatch flyers you can print out, please see the ResearchMatch for Investigators page.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please contact OCTRI Navigator with additional questions about ResearchMatch for investigators.


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