Recruitment and Retention Support

Without participants, research trials can be underpowered, or worse yet, terminated due to low enrollment. CCR offers the participant recruitment expertise crucial to meeting enrollment goals. Services include: 

  • Strategic marketing plan development 
  • Recruitment material creation (e.g., print advertisements) 
  • IRB submission of recruitment plans and materials 
  • Fielding calls from potential participants via toll-free number 
  • Pre-screening potential participants 

Related Resources 

NITRO Recruit 

Developed by the informatics team at NUCATS, this web-based research registry & participant screening system is used to collect information about potential research study participants for research studies.

Northwestern Medicine® Enterprise Data Warehouse (NMEDW)

NMEDW has different methods to support research study recruitment including i2b2, NMEDW Data Analysts, and Powerusers.

Center for Community Health (CCH) 

Interested in community engaged approach to reach potential study participants? Find out about how CCH supports collaborations between academic and community-based partners  conducting research, education, and service activities to improve the health and healthcare of communities.


ResearchMatch is an online all-disease, volunteer recruitment registry that connects investigators with people interested in volunteering for clinical trials. Contact the NU Institutional Liaisons within CCR's Recruitment Unit if you have questions or would like to learn more about using ResearchMatch.