ResearchMatch aims to serve as an effective, useful, and complementary recruitment tool that will help connect willing volunteers with researchers who are searching for appropriate volunteers to be placed in their research studies. ResearchMatch is a registry that was created through collaborations between the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Consortium and funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, a component of the National Institute of Health. The platform is hosted at Vanderbilt University, but institutional liaisons exist at each participating site, including Columbia University, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and Teachers College, in order to provide local oversight of ResearchMatch usage.

Study teams can register for feasibility and/or recruitment access. Feasibility access allows you to view aggregate data regarding the ResearchMatch population whereas recruitment access allows you to search and contact volunteers. Recruitment access requires evidence of having IRB approval (or documentation of IRB exemption).

Only researchers at participating sites will be given access to register through the ResearchMatch system for either feasibility or recruitment access. To gain recruitment access, a study’s principal investigator (PI) and/or authorized recruitment proxy must submit sufficient evidence of having an approved IRB study (or documentation of IRB exemption). Your request will be routed to your site’s institutional liaison(s) who will review your request. Please view your researcher dashboard to view your site’s institutional liaison(s) or to view the status of any pending requests that you may have submitted.

View the ResearchMatch Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Researchers.


Study teams with projects approved by the IRB of Columbia University, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, or Teachers College can register to use ResearchMatch for feasibility and recruitment access.

IRB approval (or documentation of IRB exemption) is required to use ResearchMatch to contact and recruit volunteers. 


There is no cost to list studies on ResearchMatch.

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If your research has benefited from one or more Irving Institute resources, please remember to:

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
  • Submit your publications to PubMed Central (PMC) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Share your research updates with us by sending an email to:


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