Recruitment Support

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute supports researchers’ efforts to efficiently and effectively attract the participants they need to be successful.

We offer support, consultations, guidance, plans, templates, and tools -- all at no charge to U of M researchers.

How we can help

  • Expert consultations to help you identify, reach, and enroll your target population, overcome barriers, and achieve your recruitment goals
  • Strategic recruitment plans that leverage recruiting technologies, University networking, and community partnerships
  • Feedback on your recruitment plans, strategies, and materials
  • Self-Service Recruitment Toolkit 
  • Connections to informatics experts who can support cohort-discovery and recruitment efforts by leveraging a clinical data repository that houses the electronic medical records of more than 2.5 million patients

Recruitment tools

StudyFinder: This website makes it easy for potential research participants to find and connect with U of M studies that need volunteers (note: StudyFinder extracts data about actively enrolling U of M studies from

ResearchMatch: This nationwide registry brings together two groups of people who are looking for one another: people who are trying to find research studies, and researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. ResearchMatch is available to U of M researchers at no cost.

i2b2 cohort-discovery tool: This self-service tool allows you to determine if there is a cohort of patients in the U of M’s clinical data repository that meets your criteria.

Clinical data repositoryRequesting data from this repository of health records can support recruitment efforts, particularly if you have cohort criteria that is too complex for i2b2, or if you are ready to begin recruiting participants.

Request recruitment support

You can submit your request online via the Clinical Translational Research (CTR) Portal.

Or, you can contact Annie Hotop, Recruitment Center Manager, at or 612-626-7286, or Melissa Hansen, Research Navigator, at or 612.625.CTSI (2874).

Request a recruitment consultation

Consult with an expert

Annie Hotop
Recruitment Center Manager

Melissa Hansen
Research Navigator
612-625-CTSI (2874)

Take a video tour of StudyFinder

StudyFinder video tour