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CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellows Grant

This grant mechanism is exclusively available for fellows entering their third year who wish to perform a CARRA-related research project (utilizing the CARRA network, the CARRA Registry or data and/or samples from other CARRA studies). The project must not be necessary to meet the ABP requirement for scholarly work product, but it may be supplemental. The intent of this funding program is to augment the fellow’s research portfolio by supporting a project that extends, enhances or is distinct from their primary scholarly project, as defined and required by the ABP for Board eligibility. It is the expectation of CARRA that fellows and programs will honor this intent. The funding limit for a Fellow Grant is $25,000. At present, CARRA anticipates funding 2-4 awards per year. Funds will be provided to the awardee’s institution as a lump sum to be set up in a sundry account and used by the principal investigator(s) according to the project budget.

Funds are not to be used to provide fellow salary support, but can be used to support other personnel essential to the project. Total costs salary support must not exceed 50% of total project costs.

 

Important information for Fellows Grant Submissions

Deadline has passed. Next deadline will be February 15, 2019.

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.

Instructions

  • Use the template documents provided below and submit your completed CARRA Fellow Small Grant application by March 8, 2018 via the online grant submission system.

 

CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellows Grant Applications to Include:

  • Project Summary/Abstract (300 word max)
  • Lay Summary (150 word max)
  • Resubmission Modification, if applicable (Download template: WORD)
  • Specific Aims (limit 1 page) (Download template: WORD)
  • Research Plan (limit 3 pages) (Download template: WORD)
  • References (no page limit) (Download template: WORD)
  • Budget and Justification (Download template: WORD / PDF)
    • CARRA will allow up to 8% F&A (indirect) costs which must be incorporated into the project budget below. If indirect costs are requested, total costs for this project must not exceed $25,000.
    • Salary support is not allowed for fellows or Co-I(s), but can be used to support other personnel essential to the project and is limited to a base-salary cap of $200,000.  This can include payment of local fringe rates (on top of the $200,000 salary cap).
    • Poster printing and publication costs are not allowed.
    • Travel expense requests are not permitted unless required for the conduct of the research. Travel expenses to attend meetings to present this work, for example, are not allowed.
    • Other expenses should be discussed with CARRA personnel prior to application submission.
  • NIH-formatted Biosketches for PI and all Co-Is (limit 5 pages per biosketch; please combine all biosketches into one PDF with the PI biosketch listed first.)
  • Letters of Support
    • Mentor Letter of Support
    • Program Director Letter of Support
    • Letters of support from collaborators, mentors and institution are highly recommended.
  • Research Assurances
  • Appendix

 Detailed application instructions coming soon. Use the templates provided when you submit your final application. CARRA Staff is available to assist with the application process and to answer questions. Contact us by emailing [email protected].

APPLICATIONS NOT FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

 

 

Important Information for Fellow Grant Submissions

Applications due: February 15

The project must not be necessary to meet the ABP requirement for scholarly work product, but it may be supplemental. The intent of this funding program is to augment the fellow’s research portfolio by supporting a project that extends, enhances or is distinct from their primary scholarly project, as defined and required by the ABP for Board eligibility. 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.

Details:

  • CARRA anticipates funding 2-4 awards per year.
  • The funding limit of this grant mechanism is $25,000.
  • Salary/Effort: Salary support CANNOT be requested for fellows or Co-I(s), but can be used to support other personnel essential to the project and is limited to a base-salary cap of $200,000, but can include payment of local fringe rates (on top of the $200,000 salary cap).
  • This is a total costs award. If indirects are requested, they must be inclusive of the maximum funding amount of $25,000. Indirects may not exceed 8%.
  • A given investigator can only receive one fellows grant per 365 day period.
  • Funds will be provided to the awardee as an unrestricted grant provided as a lump sum to a sundry account used by the PI according to the project budget.
  • The project period is one year beginning July 1.
  • If the PI is unable to complete the project, any unexpended balance must be returned to CARRA
  • Awardees are expected to submit an abstract and attend the CARRA Annual Meeting(s) until the project is complete/final results have been presented.

Instructions:

  • Read the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellows Grant instructions carefully. Be sure to be compliant with margins and page limits.
  • Use the document templates provided above and submit your completed CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellows Grant application via the online grant submission system.
  • The next deadline for CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellows Grant Applications is February 15.

Eligibility

  • The project PI for all grants must be a current CARRA member who is up to date on membership dues and membership information (location, contact information, and membership status).
  • An investigator may only receive one CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellows grant per year (365 day period). 
  • Non-pediatric rheumatology fellows are NOT eligible.
  • Fellows must have a mentor listed on their applications. The Mentor does not need to be a pediatric rheumatologist.
  • Fellows must be beyond their 2nd year in order to apply.
  • Awardees from previous grant cycles who wish to submit grant applications for the February 2019 deadline must have all active projects completed and have submitted a final progress report (template available on the CARRA website).
  • Voting Members, Associate Physician Members, Associate Health Care Members, Research Coordinator Members, Trainee Members, CARRA Executive Committee and Board of Director members are NOT eligible.

Funding and Funding Period

  • Awards are total costs. Up to 8% F&A (indirect) costs are allowed, but costs must be incorporated into the project budget and not exceed the advertised award amount.
  • Publication, presentation, and travel costs should not be requested/included, unless the travel is an essential part of performing the research.
  • Salary support CANNOT be requested for fellows or Co-I(s), but can be used to support other personnel essential to the project and is limited to a base-salary cap of $200,000, but can include payment of local fringe rates (on top of the $200,000 salary cap). Please review CARRA’s statement of direct and indirect support.
  • All awards are for one year, with funding beginning July 1.
  • Applicants will be notified of funding decisions in June 2019.
  • If the project is not completed within the project period, the award recipient may request a no-cost extension (NCE) for up to 12 months.  Requests for NCEs can be made up to 90 days prior, but no less than 30 days prior, to the project period end date. An interim progress report must be submitted with the NCE Request Form, both of which are available on the CARRA website

Reporting

  • Awardees must submit a final progress report no later than 45 days after the project period end date.
  • Awardees from previous grant cycles who wish to submit grant applications for the February 2019 deadline must have all active projects completed and have submitted a final progress report (template available on the CARRA website).
  • Timely provision of progress reports is required for future eligibility for CARRA-Arthritis Foundation grants.
  • Awardees are expected to submit abstracts to CARRA and present their findings at the CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting(s) until the project is complete/final results are presented.

Publications

  • Awardees are expected to submit a peer-reviewed abstract to a scientific meeting based on the funded project.
  • All awardees of CARRA-Arthritis Foundation funding must abide by the procedures outlined in the CARRA Publications Policy when presenting/publishing findings from their projects. This includes submitting all abstracts and manuscripts to the CARRA Publications Committee for approval prior to submission and acknowledging the support of CARRA and the Arthritis Foundation by including the following language: “The authors wish to acknowledge CARRA, and the ongoing Arthritis Foundation financial support of CARRA.” Refer to the current Publications Policy for complete details.