Feasibility access allows you to view aggregate data regarding the ResearchMatch population starting the day you complete the sign up process.
You may register for ResearchMatch feasibility access on Step 3 of the registration process. Please Note: You may only use ResearchMatch feasibility access for general feasibility assessment (i.e. “how many potential subjects are out there”) and not for any kind of research activity without IRB approval. Remember to include your institutional email address when registering (e.g.: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Once you have registered for feasibility access, you will be able to add a study for recruitment access as a registered ResearchMatch researcher at any time.
Recruitment access lets you actually contact potential participants through ResearchMatch’s secure system.
***Please use the IRB Number (HSM), without the period, dashes, or other non-alphanumeric characters, to register your study with ResearchMatch.org. For example, if you use the Mount Sinai PPHS, it should look like 0000000. Contact your liaison, if you have any questions about how this number should be formatted.***
Before you can utilize recruitment access, the IRB must approve the use of ResearchMatch as one of your recruitment methods.
- If you have a protocol that has already been approved, adding ResearchMatch as a recruitment tool is typically considered a modification to previously approved research. You must fill out any forms that your institution requires, and revise any documents from your original submission that are changed by the modification (including your study specific announcement).
- If your protocol has yet to be submitted to the IRB for review and approval, please include the language attached below in your protocol under “Recruitment Methods” to add ResearchMatch as a recruitment tool, and include your study specific announcement.
--ResearchMatch Template Language for IRB Forms--
For the protocol:
ResearchMatch will be used as a method for identifying and contacting potential subjects. The study specific announcement is included with this submission.
For a modification:
I am requesting the following 2 approvals:
(1) The use of ResearchMatch.org as a recruitment tool for this research study/protocol (“recruitment access”)
(2) To send the attached study recruitment message to potential study volunteers through ResearchMatch.org.
As an attachment to your submission:
The following study specific announcement will be used to make initial contact with potential study participants through ResearchMatch.org.
<Insert your study’s announcement here. Please note: ResearchMatch will ask you to confirm that this language has been IRB approved and that your direct study contact information has been removed (names/email/phone) before sending your study announcement through ResearchMatch to volunteers that appear to be a good match for your study. (Limit - 2000 characters) >
--End of Template Language--
Please contact your IRB if you have any questions about these procedures.