New Recruitment Tool Available for All Penn State Researchers

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Office for Research Protections     |     Institutional Review Board (IRB)

A new recruitment tool is now available for all research studies at Penn State. Starting June 7, Penn State expanded the use of its online recruitment tool, StudyFinder (, to include not only clinical trials but all IRB-approved research studies. Previously, StudyFinder listings only included those found on, which limited the results to a subset of our research. Now, all IRB-approved research recruiting human subjects can be included on StudyFinder, which, in its first year, attracted more than 45,000 views by potential volunteers. 

How can I have my study included in StudyFinder?

  • ​Investigators wishing to have their study included in StudyFinder must update their study in CATS IRB via a modification. Study modifications will need to be reviewed and approved by the IRB before the study is listed in StudyFinder.
  • To add StudyFinder as a recruitment option, please follow the steps outlined here:
  • Any studies not updated by June 6 will not be included on the StudyFinder site until the investigator creates a modification in CATS IRB to add the study to StudyFinder. 

With the StudyFinder upgrade, the Volunteer for a Research Study portion of the University’s Vice President for Research website will be retired on June 7. Researchers currently recruiting via the website will need to update their studies in CATS to have them included in StudyFinder. StudyFinder will be the centralized recruitment website for all Penn State research.

StudyFinder is heavily marketed through advertising on Google and on a variety of local websites. In addition, the website address is included on marketing materials and on advertising within GIANT Center in Hershey. 

Where can I find more information about StudyFinder?

  • See StudyFinder’s For Researchers page to learn how to update your studies for inclusion in this valuable recruitment tool.
  • View an archived CTSI-sponsored webinar on StudyFinder and its uses.
  • Visit StudyFinder to look for research volunteer opportunities that may be of interest to you.