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Grants and Funding

CARRA offers members various funding and internship opportunities to further research that leverages the CARRA network and positively impacts the pediatric rheumatology scientific community and advances the CARRA mission. Additional information for the different grant opportunities, including the application instructions and templates are available below.

These grants are made possible through the generous support of the Arthritis Foundation. Visit the Arthritis Foundation website: http://www.arthritis.org/ 


CARRA-AF Registry Research Coordinator Pilot Support Program

Project Funding Period: April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019
Request for Applications

Deadline has passed. Funding announcements will be made in the coming weeks.

CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation are committed to supporting our CARRA Registry sites and believe firmly in the importance of a dedicated  coordinator to support enrollment and ongoing maintenance of the CARRA Registry and sub studies. As such, we are pleased to announce a pilot program that will provide funding to a limited number of current CARRA Registry sites for salary support for a CARRA Registry research coordinator.

Full Application Details


CARRA-AF Grant Program

Important Deadlines

  • Small Grant Applications due: March 1, 2018
  • Fellow Small Grant Applications due: March 1, 2018
  • Large Grant Applications due: October 1, 2018
    Late submissions will not be considered.

Click here to view a pdf document of everything you will asked to provide in the online grant application form. 


CARRA-AF Large Grant

The next round of CARRA-AF Large Grants will be announced in Summer 2018.

This funding opportunity supports the development and publication of a clinical or translational project which will immediately impact research projects within CARRA or result in a larger collaborative grant that furthers the CARRA mission. New or early investigators are encouraged to apply and will be afforded special consideration.  A successful application may be for:

  • an all-inclusive clinical or translational research project; or
  • a pilot research project, that if successful, could lead to extramural funding.

Preference will be given to submissions which are collaborative and leverage current CARRA network resources or will further develop the CARRA network.

Full Large Grant Submission Details


CARRA-AF Small Grant (now accepting applications)

Applications due: March 1 & October 2
(Two rounds per year)

This opportunity is available to support projects in development.  New or early investigators are encouraged to apply and will be afforded special consideration.  The research project can be a pilot, continuation of ongoing research, or other projects that move forward clinical or translational research that furthers the CARRA mission. Preference will be given to research that is collaborative in nature, which leverage current CARRA network resources and/or will further develop the CARRA network.

Full Small Grant Submission Details


CARRA-AF Fellow Small Grant (now accepting applications)

Applications due: March 1

This grant mechanism is exclusively available for fellows entering their third year who wish to perform a CARRA-related research project. The project must not be necessary to meet the ABP requirement for scholarly work product, but it may be supplemental.

  • Non-pediatric rheumatology fellows are not eligible.
  • Fellows must have a mentor listed on their application. Mentor does not need to be a pediatric rheumatologist.

Full Fellow Small Grant Submission Details


CARRA-AF Publication Support Grant

Applications accepted on a rolling basis until 5 have been awarded.

This funding opportunity is available to researchers to support statistical analyses on existing data sets from collaborative research projects which will enable the researcher to submit the results of his/her project for publication in 9 months or less. Researchers should have the data in hand at the time of submission. Publication costs are not allowed. New or early investigators are encouraged to apply and will be afforded special consideration.

Full Publication Support Grant Submission Details


CARRA Research Coordinator Advisory Committee (RCAC) Scholarships for Professional Certification and Continuing Education

CARRA’s RCAC is offering 13 scholarships of up to $200 each to help supplement costs of completing or continuing SOCRA or ACRP certification for CARRA research coordinators.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and each applicant can only receive funding once per fiscal year.

Applicants must be current CARRA Research Associate (coordinator) members. Applications are submitted at:  https://wiki.carragroup.org/display/RAAC/Funding+opportunities+for+CARRA+Coordinators.

If you have any questions, you can email Jennifer Woo, RCAC Chair, at [email protected].


CARRA Registry Internship
Applications were due March 24, 2017. Established through funds at the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) Inc., the CARRA Registry Internship will require 25% effort for one year. Read more…


The Utrecht Summer School Program Sponsorship Program

Utrecht Travel Sponsorship Awardees
CARRA is pleased to announce that Maya Breitman (MetroHealth) and Theresa Wampler Muskardin (Mayo Clinic) were recently chosen as the recipients for CARRA sponsorship to Utrecht’s Summer School Program. They will participate in 5 day course in July in Utrecht entitled “Why Translational Medicine Fails – And What to do About it.”

Grant Recipients

Additional Funding Opportunities:

Pfizer provides grants for autoimmune and inflammatory disease research. Applications can be on basic research in the etiology of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases or clinical research. This program is available only to junior and senior investigators based in the United States. Awards can be up to a maximum of $150,000 each. Research projects are expected to be completed within two years. Larger grants may be considered depending on scope and merit of the proposal. Review the process and opportunities here.

NIAMS Research Funding

NIAID Research Funding

ACR REF Awards and Grants