Grants & Funding


Through a partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, CARRA is able to select one member to receive travel support and participate in the VERITY/Brigham Course in Rheumatology Clinical Research in Boston, MA at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Application Deadline: December 6


VERITY (Value and Evidence in Rheumatology using bioInformaTics, and advanced analYtics) is a NIAMS-funded P30 research program awarded to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The next VERITY course will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020 to Friday, May 15, 2020, in Boston, MA. The course is aimed at clinical investigators pursuing rheumatic disease epidemiologic and patient-oriented research. Course attendees will consist of early-stage (typically residents, fellows, or junior faculty) investigators pursuing clinical/patient-oriented/epidemiologic research studies in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Attendees will develop or refine a research protocol or specific aims for a grant proposal during the course. Tuition is free but travel and lodging should be funded by the applicant’s program.

Travel Support:

The chosen applicant will have their hotel paid for directly by the course organizers and reimbursement of travel expenses to participate in the 6 day course. Course organizers will coordinate travel arrangements with the chosen applicant. Funding for this travel support is provided by NIAMS.


To be eligible for the CARRA opening you must have renewed your CARRA membership and meet the VERITY/Brigham Course in Clinical Research eligibility guidelines:

  • The course is for early-stage (typically fellows or junior faculty) investigators pursuing clinical/patient-oriented/epidemiologic research studies in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
  • The course is aimed at applicants who are not yet independent, but are currently performing or have performed research investigations.
  • Successful applicants will typically hold the academic rank of fellow, Instructor, or Assistant Professor and should be actively performing mentored clinical/patient-oriented/epidemiologic/transitional research studies.
  • Applicants holding independent funding (R01 or equivalent) are not eligible.

Application Process

  1. Submit your VERITY application online by December 6, 2019.
  2. Once you have submitted your VERITY application, please fill out the VERITY/Brigham Course Opening for CARRA Fellows and Early Investigators application form*, including a 200 word impact statement describing what, if any, specific impact your participation in this course and the VERITY project will have on CARRA and on your professional development.

*This form confirms that you have completed the VERITY application process and authorize CARRA to receive your application materials from the course administrators for review and selection of the CARRA member to receive the open spot.


The course is directed by Dr. Jeffrey Sparks and Dr. Daniel Solomon of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. To learn more about the 2020 VERITY course, including application materials, deadlines, please visit or email [email protected].

For questions about CARRA’s selection process for this program, contact CARRA Director of Administration, Brian Mondragón Jones at [email protected].