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ResearchMatch


ResearchMatch is a NIH-sponsored national registry of volunteers who have indicated a willingness to learn more about research studies. This registry aims to be an effective, useful and complementary recruitment tool that connects researchers with appropriate potential subjects. ResearchMatch is not just for clinical trials. It is available at no cost, to help match any type of IRB-approved study with potential participants.

ResearchMatch can be included in a research proposal as a part of a subject recruitment strategy. To utilize ResearchMatch users must be an SDSU-affiliated researcher and register for recruitment access with ResearchMatch. A research proposal that documents use of ResearchMatch must be approved by the IRB.

ResearchMatch enables researchers to search for appropriate matches in non-identifiable volunteer profiles. Once study criteria are entered into Search Builder, the researcher can use the secure ResearchMatch clearinghouse to route an "IRB-approved" recruitment message to each of the potential matches. A ResearchMatch dashboard will display volunteers who reply and will provide aggregate figures/charts demonstrating the response rate to the initial recruitment message. When a volunteer authorizes ResearchMatch to release his/her information, contact can be made by the researcher.

Access to subjects through ResearchMatch will last only as long as a valid IRB study approval exists. The expiration date of ResearchMatch access will mirror the expiration date of the study. Continuing IRB review applications can be submitted via ResearchMatch. If a lapse in IRB approval occurs, ResearchMatch data will not be lost.

To use ResearchMatch as a recruitment tool you must first register for access. You can register for either Recruitment Access or Feasibility Access. To gain Recruitment Access; you must submit sufficient evidence of having San Diego State University (SDSU) approval for each SDSU research study. Each Study needs a separate SDSU IRB approved protocol outlining the use of this tool within the recruitment section of the SDSU IRB protocol.

If you wish to register for a ResearchMatch account today, but do not have SDSU IRB approval to use ResearchMatch as a recruitment tool for your study, you may request Feasibility Access when you register. You may add an approved research study as a registered ResearchMatch researcher at any time.


Contact Elsa Rodriques at 619-594-2641 or contact by email erodriques@mail.sdsu.edu prior to registering. To register for recruitment or feasibility access, go to the ResearchMatch website at https://www.researchmatch.org/researchers/ click on "Register and follow the instructions. 

Applying for IRB approval to use ResearchMatch (New Protocol Submission)
  • Describe the intended use of ResearchMatch in the Recruitment section of your research protocol. ResearchMatch allows a recruitment message to be sent to potential participants who meet the criteria specified. This text must be reviewed and approved by the IRB.
  • The recruitment message needs to be submitted with your research protocol, within the protocol a statement indicating that the proposed recruitment message is attached to the protocol should be included and attach the recruitment message as a separate document and label it “ResearchMatch Message to Potential Participants.”
  • Develop the Recruitment Message and provide it to the IRB Recruitment Message Content:
    • A brief description of the study in lay terms
    • A brief summary of study procedures
    • In summary form, the eligibility criteria that will be used to admit the subjects into the study
    • A description of the incentives to the subject for participation in the study (e.g., payment or free treatment)
    • Studies involving experimental drugs or devices must clearly state that they are experimental or investigational. Do not use terms such as a “new” drug or device since the word new can imply "approved" or “even better” versus investigational, and would be considered coercive. In medical studies, no claims should be made, either explicitly or implicitly, that any experimental drug or device is safe or effective, or equivalent or superior to any other drug or device. Such representation would not only be misleading to subjects, but would violate FDA regulations concerning promotion of investigational drugs [21 CFR 312.7(a)] and investigational devices.
    • ResearchMatch text must not include any direct contact information (e.g. PI name, phone number, email, or website). Interested volunteers will respond via the web interface.
  • Append verification from Elsa Rodriques that you have approval to use ResearchMatch as an SDSU-affiliated researcher.
Modifying an existing IRB approved protocol to include ResearchMatch
  • Describe the intended use of ResearchMatch in your Modification Request.
  • Develop the Recruitment Message and provide it to the IRB with your modification request.
    • Recruitment Message Content:
    • A brief description of the study in lay terms
    • A brief summary of study procedures
    • In summary form, the eligibility criteria that will be used to admit the subjects into the study
    • A description of the incentives to the subject for participation in the study (e.g., payment or free treatment)
    • Studies involving experimental drugs or devices must clearly state that they are experimental or investigational. Do not use terms such as a “new” drug or device since the word new can imply "approved" or “even better” versus investigational, and would be considered coercive. In medical studies, no claims should be made, either explicitly or implicitly, that any experimental drug or device is safe or effective, or equivalent or superior to any other drug or device. Such representation would not only be misleading to subjects, but would violate FDA regulations concerning promotion of investigational drugs [21 CFR 312.7(a)] and investigational devices.
    • ResearchMatch text must not include any direct contact information (e.g. PI name, phone number, email, or website). Interested volunteers will respond via the web interface.
  • Append verification from Elsa Rodriques that you have approval to use ResearchMatch as an SDSU-affiliated researcher.

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For More ResearchMatch Info

Elsa Rodriques
Phone: 619-594-2641
E-mail: erodriques@mail.sdsu.edu

This information is provided without the endorsement of the SDSU IRB. It should be noted that each project and modification to an approved project is reviewed by the IRB/HRPP on an individual basis.

For More Information

Division of Research Affairs
Human Research Protection Program

Gateway Center, Rm 3505
San Diego State University
5250 Campanile Dr., MC 1933
San Diego, CA 92182

Phone: 619-594-6622
Fax: 619-594-4109
E-mail: irb@mail.sdsu.edu