Early Investigator Chair Scope of Work


  • Complete an annual report including committee and workgroup progress, activities at the annual meeting, and future plans to CARRA by May 30 of each year. Template report to be provided by April 1
  • Develop and update your committee’s scientific goals to be presented in the yearly report
  • Participate in the submission of at least one grant application yearly to support CARRA research.
  • Take a leadership role in the submission of an external funding application to support CARRA research at least once during each 3 year term (excluding RCAC)
  • Identify potential successors at least one year prior to expiration of term


  • Lead the committee and oversee the general workings of the committee
  • Set and enable the scientific agenda for the committee
  • Set priorities and direction for research development for your committee
  • Manage the distribution of the group’s discretionary funds
  • Facilitate communication within the committee, including regular communication with workgroup leaders
  • Attend all monthly Steering Committee meetings (conference calls), currently held the 2nd Friday of each month from 2-3:30PM Eastern time
  • Attend all  face to face  meetings of the Steering Committee
  • Attend (in person) the CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting
  • As a member of the Steering Committee, provide direction and oversight for CARRA’s internally funded research Scientific Review Committee, Publications Committee, Data & Sample Share Committee, and CTP Committee
  • As a member of the Steering Committee, also provide oversight of CARRA membership engagement and the CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Represent CARRA as a consultant/resource to collaborators and other groups when needed
  • Assist in evaluating applications for EI specific travel grants and other programs
  • Participate in the planning and execution of the Annual Meeting:
    • Co-lead (with Vice Chair) the group’s committee meeting and organization of workgroup meetings (coordinating with ED and meeting planner)
    • Assist with identifying keynote and plenary program speakers
    • Provide a summary of the committee/workgroups activities in annual report
  • Workgroup Leadership:
    • Identify workgroup leaders
    • Oversee workgroup progress with regular meetings throughout the year with leaders, including assisting with organizing sessions at the Annual Meeting
    • Periodically participate in Workgroup conference calls
    • Develop new workgroups when sufficient need and interest are present and aligned with the overall strategic interests of CARRA and the committee.
  • Communicate at least monthly with Vice Chair on goals and progress of the committee and its workgroups, assign tasks to Vice Chair as appropriate
  • Provide input into the CARRA Registry data collection and operations relevant to diseases within the committee
  • Prioritize and enhance CARRA research studies and Registry enrollment and site performance, including working with his/her site as appropriate
  • Provide input into selection of CARRA scientific grant review committee members
  • Offer guidance and support to CARRA members who are developing and implementing original research ideas, especially young investigators
  • Train and orient new chair  


Must be a member in good standing.

  • Member is current on membership dues and membership information (location, contact information, and membership status) is up-to-date
  • Member is an Early Investigator (Last training ended: 6/30/2013 - present)
  • Member participates in at least one Research Committee (e.g. JDM, JIA, SVARD, etc.) of CARRA
  • Member has attended at least one annual CARRA meeting over the last 3 year period


Three year term

An estimated/average 4 hours weekly will be needed to perform these duties. This role includes compensation of 10% of salary plus fringe.