Grants & Funding

New Reviewers

Information for Potential Scientific Review Committee Members

Committee members are be responsible for reviewing CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small, Large, Transdisciplinary Research, and Fellow grant applications. Senior and novice reviewers are encouraged to apply. (Fellows are not eligible.)

If you have questions about serving on the CARRA’s SRC, please email CARRA’s Assitant Executive Direcrtor, Jen Kowalski at jk[email protected].

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and interested applicants are confirmed around the spring and fall grant cycles. The term of appointment is three years and is renewable one time.

SRC Member Eligibility:

  • >1 year post training (clinical or post-doctoral fellowship) and performance
  • Must be a member in good standing with CARRA:
    • Member is current on membership dues and membership information (location, contact information, and membership status) is up-to-date
    • Member participates in at least one Research Committee (e.g. JDM, JIA, SVARD, etc.) of CARRA
  • Currently engaged in Pediatric Rheumatology or related research
  • Willingness to serve as primary reviewer for at least one grant application per year
  • Availability/commitment to review grants twice a year
  • Availability/commitment to attend an orientation call (up to 1 hour long)
  • Availability/commitment to review grants and attend an in-person or teleconference meeting to review grant submissions for each cycle. This may involve a maximum of the following (not all reviewers will have this level of commitment):  
    • 2 cycles per year
    • Anticipate a 4 hour group meeting for each cycle
  • Commitment to respond to communications and complete reviews in a timely fashion
  • Commitment to disclose any relevant conflicts of interest related to individual grant applications
  • Commitment to agree to confidentiality regarding the applications, reviews and review process
  • All selected reviewers will be required to complete a CARRA Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment Disclosure Form.

Chair Eligibility:
(in addition to meeting the minimum eligibility described under SRC Member Eligibility):

Term of appointment: 3 years, renewable x 1.

  • >10 year post training (mid-career or senior faculty preferred)
  • Prior funding experience is required
  • Prior service on an NIH or CIHR study section (special or standing) is required
  • Availability/commitment to perform the duties of Chair
  • The initial chair of this committee must agree not to submit a grant application applicable deadline. He/she would be eligible to submit grants during future grant cycles, and are eligible to submit Publication Support Grants (which are reviewed by the IROC)

Chair Responsibilities:

  • Select SRC members from the list of eligible nominees
  • Select 8-10 SRC members to serve as reviewers for each grant cycle
  • Work with CARRA Staff to finalize SRC standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Conduct a one hour orientation call with the new committee
  • Assign Primary and secondary reviewers and when available a “novice” reviewer (at least 3 per application preferred)
  • Recruit/assign external/ ad hoc reviewers when appropriate
  • Supervise initial review process and mediate group discussion meeting/ teleconference
  • Summarize main points for the group at the end of the discussion to make sure highlights of comments is conveyed to the applicant
  • Conduct budget discussion after scores completed
  • Review feedback to be provided back to applicants, ensure that highlights of reviewer comments are conveyed adequately
  • Compile review results (with assistance from CARRA staff) after the group discussion and submit to the IROC in a timely fashion (e.g., 5 days).