What is ResearchMatch?

ResearchMatch (RM) has a simple goal – to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another:

  • people who would like to participate in a research study
  • researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies.

RM is a free and secure volunteer registry that has been developed by major academic institutions across the country that want to involve you in the mission of helping today’s studies make a real difference in everyone’s health in the future.

RM was created by the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium and is funded by the National Center for Research Resources – a component of the National Institute of Health. The registry platform is hosted at Vanderbilt University, but each CTSA consortium member or affiliate has designated a Liaison(s) who provides local assistance with navigating ResearchMatch, a very user-friendly site. The IPH is a CTSA affiliate and as such, is assisting UC San Diego’s Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), a CTSA consortium member, with its community engagement activities.

RM for volunteers

ResearchMatch volunteers

Anyone can join ResearchMatch.  Many studies are looking for healthy people of all ages, while some are looking for people with specific health conditions. 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. Visit the ResearchMatch website to volunteer!

RM for SDSU researchers

Only researchers from CTSA and CTSA-affiliated institutions can participate in RM (locally, that is UCSD and SDSU).  In order for researchers to have access to RM volunteers, they must register; basic registration gives them access to aggregate data from across the U.S.  To have access to a volunteer’s specific information and to invite them to participate in a study, researchers must have their study IRB approved.  Researchers, visit the ResearchMatch website to register!

If you’d like to learn more about RM or have specific questions, contact Elsa Rodriques, IPH staffer and SDSU’s RM Liaison, at or 619 594-2641.

Last Updated: 03/15/2018