Grants & Funding


CARRA traditionally offers an exciting opportunity for CARRA Early Investigators to receive sponsorship to attend the Utrecht Summer School translational research course. In these unusual times, the translational research course for 2021 has been adjusted to focus on COVID-19. This is a fully online program. Content will be delivered in interactive sessions, using a variety of methods (e.g. case-studies, small/large group discussion, reflection).

More information about the program can be found on the Eureka Virtual School website.


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Eureka Virtual School Translational Medicine: Essential skills for impactful research during COVID-19 and beyond

This EUREKA Virtual School tackles the intrinsic difficulties of effective translational medicine. It is designed for early-stage researchers interested in this field.

COVID-19 has given the world one of its most significant challenges. Translational scientists play a crucial role in tackling these challenges, from developing and implementing diagnostic tests to treatments and vaccines and health policy.

This course will show you that addressing health care challenges (such as COVID-19) requires much more than deep scientific knowledge. Being an agent of change also requires an understanding of scientific and health systems and a complement of skills, including collaboration, critical thinking, reflection, creative problem solving and communication. The course aims to inspire, train and challenge you to become part of a new generation of translational scientists needed to identify and tackle the most urgent problems in medicine. You will join an international group of students across multiple continents in an online journey that will navigate through real-life examples and challenges in translational medicine. However, it is not a course about COVID-19; it a course about you. It challenges your perspectives and ambitions, your talents and your role in the system. How do you want your research to contribute to health care and public health?

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) Articulate how a translational approach to scientific research can expedite the movement of knowledge to improvements in health;
2) Describe the critical role of patients in translational research and list ways of engaging them in the process;
3) Define the basic knowledges and skills required in translational research;
4) Grow their professional international network of translational researchers.


  • Currently an early investigator (<7 years post-fellowship; no age maximum) or fellow with established translational research interests and experience
  • Current CARRA member (early investigators must be current with paid membership dues)
  • Ability to attend the full course
  • Previous Utrecht travel award recipients are not eligible

Submission Requirements

The following application materials must be submitted:

  • Your CV
  • A personal statement: This should consist of less than one page describing yourself, your career goals, and any ongoing translational projects. Include details on how you will benefit from this opportunity, and what, if any, specific impact your participation will have on CARRA.
  • Letter of support from current division chief or program director stating that you will be permitted to attend the course and brainstorming session.


  • Funds may be provided to sponsored participants as reimbursement for registration fees; OR payment invoice may be forwarded to and paid by CARRA directly.
  • Recipients must apply for the program on the Eureka Institute website:
  • Recipients of this award will be asked to provide a write-up about their experience for the CARRA newsletter.

If you have any questions about the program or applying for sponsorship, please contact [email protected].


This opportunity is made possible via the generous financial support of the Arthritis Foundation.