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CARRA Grant Scientific Review Committee


Call for Nominations and Applications

Nominations are due Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Applications are due Monday, September 11, 2017

CARRA is seeking reviewers to serve on CARRA’s Grant Scientific Review Committee (SRC).  Committee members will be responsible for reviewing CARRA’s internal Small, Large and Fellow Small grants. The term of appointment is 3 years, renewable.  Senior and novice reviewers are encouraged to apply (fellows are not eligible).  We are also seeking one individual to serve as committee chair.

If you want to apply, or if you want to nominate someone else for the committee (as a member or committee chair), nominate yourself or the individual here by Tuesday, August 29. CARRA encourages you to reach out to your nominee, and we will reach out to the individual to encourage them to apply.  Each applicant must submit a completed application here by Monday, September 11.

Conflicts of Interest: CARRA members who wish to apply for grants will not be excluded from consideration for the committee. The committee chair will be responsible for selecting reviewers and will determine conflicts of interest for all grant applications, with support available from the Ethics Committee.  Should the committee chair wish to submit a grant application, he/she will need to recuse him/herself from leading the review process for the grant application type (e.g., small, large) for which he/she is applying during the corresponding grant cycle.  In the event of chair recusal, the CARRA Executive Committee will appoint an alternate chair to lead the review process.

NOTE: Exception to above process.  The initial chair of this committee must agree not to submit a grant application for the October 1, 2017 deadline.  He/she will be eligible to submit grants for future grant cycles.

Information for Potential Scientific Review Committee Members

Peer review of grant applications is critical to the CARRA grants process. Peer reviewers are tasked with evaluating the scientific merit of CARRA grant applications in a fair, independent, expert and timely fashion that is free of inappropriate influence.  They play a very important role in CARRA’s mission to ‘Conduct collaborative research to prevent, treat and cure pediatric rheumatic diseases.’ Peer assessment will determine the character and quality of the research supported by CARRA funding.

By volunteering to perform peer review, members can provide service to the CARRA community and promote high quality research in pediatric rheumatology. For Early or New investigators, participation in grant review is a valuable opportunity to gain experience in grant development and review, and support their own career activities.

Selection process:

  • Nominate yourself or a qualified individual by Tuesday, August 29 (Note if the nomination is for committee member or for committee chair)
  • Interested applicants* to provide the following by Monday, September 11:
    • Completed online application (Click here to complete the online application)
    • Personal statement of why you want to serve on this committee. Statement should include relevant experience.
    • CV
  • CARRA Executive Committee will select the SRC Chair from the pool of eligible applicants
  • SRC Chair to select SRC members from the pool of eligible applicants

Member and Chair eligibility are described below.

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 (October 1 and March 1 deadlines)
    • Anticipate a 3 hour group meeting for each cycle
    • The first review meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14 from 1-4 PM Eastern
  • 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 of the Scientific Review Committee

Term of appointment: 3 years, renewable x 1.

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

  • >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 for the October 1, 2017 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 CARRA Executive Committee)

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 EC in a timely fashion (e.g., 5 days).

2017 CARRA Grant Schedule

  • 8/29 (Tue): SRC nominations are due
  • 9/11 (Mon): SRC applications are due
  • 9/11 (Mon): Chair is selected
  • 9/22: SRC members are selected
  • Early October (date/time TBD via doodle poll of selected members): One hour orientation call
  • 10/1: small and large grant applications are due
  • 10/7: Administrative review complete
  • 10/8 -11/12: SRC review period (ACR 11/3-8)
  • 11/14 (week after ACR): 1-4 PM, Committee meeting
  • 11/19: Chair to send results to CARRA Executive Committee
  • Mid December: funding decisions finalized
  • 1/1/18: funding starts

Click here to nominate yourself or someone else by Tuesday, August 29.
Click here to complete the online application by Tuesday, September 5.