What is ResearchMatch?
ResearchMatch brings together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. If you are doing health-related work, ResearchMatch can give you access to a large pool of participants interested in participating in health studies.
Access to ResearchMatch is granted on a study-by-study basis; that is, investigators must individually register each study. There are two levels of access available to Boston College investigators: feasibility access and recruitment access.
Feasibility access gives you the ability to view aggregate data on the registry population without an IRB-approved protocol. Using this level of access, you can see if ResearchMatch has a population that would be useful for your study. To register a study for feasibility access, you must:
- Be affiliated with Boston College
- Provide your Boston College email address
- Create a ResearchMatch username and password
Recruitment access gives you the ability to recruit volunteers through ResearchMatch. To register a study for recruitment access, you must meet the same access requirements as for feasibility access. In addition, for each study you want to recruit for, you must:
- Upload an electronic copy of your IRB approval letter, citing approval for the recruitment method (ResearchMatch) and the specific email language to be used
- Be the principal investigator (PI) or authorized to recruit for the study on behalf of the PI
Frequently Asked Questions
To get started, please visit: https://www.researchmatch.org/researchers/
We HIGHLY recommend that you attend one of the researcher trainings, held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2 pm. Please register here.
If you have an existing protocol and you’d like to add Research Match as a recruitment tool, you will need to submit an amendment to your existing application.
We strongly recommend that you contact ResearchMatch directly through their contact form with any technical questions.