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Office of the Vice President for Research

USC joins the ResearchMatch community

The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to announce USC’s new partnership with ResearchMatch. ResearchMatch brings together people who are trying to find research studies and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their health-related studies. The program makes it easy for researchers to connect with volunteers and further their research projects. USC faculty/researchers from all campuses, including both School of Medicine campuses, are eligible to use ResearchMatch to recruit volunteers.


ResearchMatch for USC Researchers

Access to ResearchMatch is granted on a study-by-study basis; that is, investigators must individually register each study. Registration takes only a few minutes and you must complete the process in one sitting.

There are two levels of access available to University of South Carolina investigators: feasibility access and recruitment access.

Investigators may sign themselves up in ResearchMatch or may delegate recruitment privileges to a study coordinator or other study team member (a proxy).


Feasibility access

Feasibility access gives you the ability to view aggregate data on the registry population without an IRB-approved protocol. To register a study for feasibility access, you must:

  • Be affiliated with USC
  • Provide your USC email address
  • Create a ResearchMatch username and password


Recruitment access

Recruitment access gives you the ability to recruit volunteers through ResearchMatch. To register a study for recruitment access, you must meet the same access requirements as for feasibility access. In addition, for each study you want to recruit for, you must:

  • Be the principal investigator (PI) or authorized to recruit for the study on behalf of the PI
  • Upload an electronic copy of your IRB approval letter, and an IRB approved recruitment message to implement when using ResearchMatch

Note: Individuals accessing as a proxy for the PI will be asked to indicate that, and to provide the study PI's name, email address and phone number.

USC researchers should consider joining the ResearchMatch program to help ease the process of gathering volunteers for your research projects. Anyone can also sign up as a volunteer to take part in research studies, including researchers with projects registered on ResearchMatch.

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