Office of Clinical Research
Study Participant Recruitment
ResearchMatch is an online, national clinical research
registry that “matches” people who want to participate in clinical
studies with researchers who are seeking volunteers. ResearchMatch is a free and secure web-based service that helps
connect volunteers to clinical studies taking place at the NIH
Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and at other major academic
institutions, including UTMB, across the country. All institutions are
part of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards program.
Why consider ResearchMatch?
Searching for clinical studies can be a difficult process.
Potential volunteers often ask: Where do I find clinical studies? How
do I find a clinical study that interests me? How do I know if I
qualify for certain clinical studies?
ResearchMatch makes it easier for volunteers to learn about
clinical studies they may qualify for when the studies become
How does ResearchMatch work?
Potential volunteers (or their parent/guardian/caretaker)
complete a short registration form that asks some questions about who
they are along with some optional health questions.
Approved researchers search non-identifiable volunteer data to
find possible matches for their studies. They then send a message
about their study through ResearchMatch to these possible matches.
Volunteers receive this message by email. After reading the
study information, the volunteer can choose if the researcher can have
their contact information.
The researcher may then directly contact those volunteers who
want to learn more about the study and the volunteer can decide whether
or not to participate in the study.