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
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.