Helping you identify, engage, and enroll more efficiently and effectively.

Request a tailored RIC consultation.

Achieving our mission of discovering, developing and delivering healthier tomorrows depends on successful participant engagement, recruitment and retention in our research studies today, which can be one of the most challenging aspects of conducting clinical research.

The Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC) provides Duke’s clinical research community with connections, collaborations and resources to support efficient and effective engagement, recruitment and retention, including strategic planning, data-driven tactics, and patient engagement resources.

RIC’s free, tailored one-on-one consultation services, studios and training options include:

  • Feasibility assessments and data-driven cohort discovery

  • Collaborator identification and partnership facilitation

  • Strategic engagement, recruitment and retention planning

  • Social marketing and communications planning

  • Review and editing of patient facing materials (consents,

  • flyers, web content, etc.)

  • Effective protocol design and development options (minimize the burdens of participation with a feasible schedule of events and eligibility criteria)

  • Tailored recruitment regulations and best practices training

Contact or call (919) 681-5698 for more information or to request a consult.

  • Recruitment Regulations, Tools, and Best Practices: we offer tailored one-on-one training for study staff, study teams, departments and divisions. Request your tailored training.

  • Plain Language Mini-Consults: Our plain language mini-consult will provide you with a lay-summary of your research, bulleted statements and tag lines that you can use in your advertising materials and a lay-friendly concise summary of your project that you can use in your informed consent form.

  • MyChart Invitation language review, editing and formatting: Are you planning to use MyChart to send research invitations to potentially eligible patients? We can help you craft an engaging, informative invitation with a clear call to action.

  • Social Media Marketing ConsultsAre you wondering whether social media marketing is right for your research? Curious about how to decide?

    Interested in working with the Discover Duke Research Facebook team? Request a tailored Social Media Marketing for Research consult today.

  • Clinical Trials Directory Postings: Would you like your study posted on the Duke Health Clinical Trials Directory? Complete this template and return it to>.

  • Patient Engagement StudiosBring your research idea and materials to a group of trained and empowered patient research advocates; obtain feedback, insight and advice on your plans and materials to make them more patient-centered, lay-friendly, and feasible. Complete this request form for a free myRESEARCHpartners Patient Engagement Studio to get the process started.

  • Patient Advisory Council Development and Training: Would you like to develop a patient advisory council for your research portfolio or therapeutic area? Learn how to recruit, train and empower them to help you make your research more patient-centered. Contact Michael Musty ( to learn more.