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A simple goal

ResearchMatch has a simple goal to bring together two groups of people:

  1. People who are trying to find research studies
  2. Researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies

This free and secure registry has been developed by major academic institutions across the country with the goal of involving people like you in research studies that can make a real difference for everyone’s health today and in the future.

Making a positive impact

Most research studies need a certain number of people to participate in order to find the right answer. While there are many people interested in volunteering, the process of finding a study in which they would be a good match is challenging. ResearchMatch is a new effort to address this problem.

Anyone can join

ResearchMatch can help “match” you with any type of research study, ranging from surveys to clinical trials, always giving you the choice to decide what studies may interest you.

ResearchMatch allows you to create a “profile” with your contact and personal information and any details about your health you choose to share. Clinical researchers can then query the website and search for volunteers based on their study criteria. Your personal and contact information is hidden from researchers; they can only search for people based on the non-identifying information you choose to provide the site. If you are a potential match for their study, then the site will send you an email with details about the study opportunity. You can then choose whether to provide your contact information to the researcher.

Learn more

Visit ResearchMatch to learn more about the benefits of this registry and how you can participate.

VCU Researcher Interest

ResearchMatch is a Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health.

To request access as a VCU researcher, please submit a Researcher Interest Form. Your request will be routed to VCU's institutional liaison who will review and process your request.

Read the ResearchMatch FAQs for researchers. You may also contact the VCU Institutional Liaison for ResearchMatch with any questions or feedback.