Grants & Funding

CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Implementation Science Testing Grant


Letters of Intent due January 14, 2022. Application portal opens January 14, 2022.

Project Period Length: 2 years

Max Funding Amount: $150,000 total ($75,000 per year)

Grant Availability: 2 awards


Summary:  This funding opportunity is intended to support an Implementation Science Small Testing project.  The overall goal of the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Implementation Science Funding Program is to support research projects that test strategies designed to improve the implementation of evidence-based practice into clinical settings for the care of patients with pediatric rheumatic conditions.  The current Implementation Science Small Testing Grant is intended to support the evaluation of one or more implementation strategies across several (>3) sites. Applicants must have already completed preliminary design work for the implementation strategy/strategies to be eligible to apply for this grant.  Researchers who seek to receive support to develop their implementation ideas further should instead apply to the Implementation Science Design Grant.

Background and Focus:  There is a gap between what is known from research to optimize the health of children and young people with rheumatological conditions and what is implemented in everyday practice.  Implementation Science is intended to close this gap through discovering methods that effectively promote the systematic uptake of evidence-based practices into routine clinical care.   Implementation is an iterative process centered on adapting evidence for specific contexts and incorporating evidence in a sustainable way into decision-making and clinical workflows.  

The current funding opportunity seeks to fund projects that incorporate active implementation strategies leading to uptake and integration of pediatric rheumatology research evidence into real-world practice settings across at least 3 sites, with the aim of increasing accessibility, usefulness, uptake, and/or impact of the research evidence among targeted end-users. Specific strategies proposed should be suitable for the finding(s) being implemented, the target population, and overall goals of the proposed project.  Applications should include an explicit evaluation plan that details how successful execution of the implementation strategy and impact on health care/health outcomes will be determined.  Examples of common outcomes for implementation science projects include acceptability, adoption, appropriateness, feasibility, fidelity, implementation cost, and sustainability.  

Applications should also describe plans for completing the following project activities:

  • Developing and piloting a data collection strategy to assess collection timeliness and data accuracy
  • Collecting and reviewing baseline data
  • Selecting the implementation strategy(ies) to improve performance
  • Producing implementation protocols, materials and tools (change package/bundle)
  • Employing process improvement methodologies (e.g., process mapping, failure mode and effects analysis, plan-do-study-act cycles) to plan and implement test changes and assess their impact
  • Assessing successes and failures and refine implementation protocols, materials, and tools

Additionally, proposed implementation strategies should incorporate the perspectives and experiences of rheumatology patients, caregivers, and/or other stakeholders.


CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Implementation Science Testing Grant Required Submission Materials

  • Letter of Intent
  • Project Summary/Abstract
  • Lay Summary
  • Testing Plan
  • References
  • Budget Table
  • Budget Justification
  • Biosketches for all Principal Investigator(s), Co-Principal Investigator(s), and all Co-Investigator(s) using current NIH format
  • Letters of Support
  • Research Assurances
  • Appendix

More information coming soon!