Grants & Funding

Initiatives to Advance Biosample Collection in CARRA


The TRTC is excited to announce the funding of four projects through its new Biostimulus Collection Fund. This new mechanism was launched on April 1st with the purpose of supporting biosample collection within the CARRA Registry and the entire CARRA Network. 

Funded projects include: 

Project: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Biologic Drugs in Obese Patients with Arthritis (PRECISE)
PI: Stephen Balevic, MD, MHS (Duke University)
Funding Amount: $24,960

Project: Predicting Uveitis Onset in Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
PI: Sheila Angeles-Han, MD, MSc (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center)
Funding Amount: $25,000

Project: Identifying Pharmacogenomic Predictors of Methotrexate Response and Metabolite Biotransformation in JIA, or PROMOTE (Predicting Response of Methotrexate Treatment)
PIs: Mara Becker, MD, MSCE (Duke University) and Susan Thompson, PhD (Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center)
Funding Amount: $25,000 

Project: Fingerprinting Childhood Lupus
PI: Peter Nigrovic, MD (Boston Children’s Hospital)
Funding Amount: $25,000


*Please Note: The Biostimulus Fund Grant Period for 2021 is now closed.

Coming Fall 2021 - Advancing Biosample Collection Grants (ABC Grants).  CARRA members can apply for an ABC Grant to support biosample collection for specific translational research projects. RFA availability will be announced this Summer and applications will be due October 1st. More details are coming soon.

Contact the TRTC Chair (Lauren Henderson, [email protected]) and TRTC Vice Chair (Grant Schulert [email protected]) with any questions.

Funding for both mechanisms is provided by the Arthritis Foundation.