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CARRA Research Informatics Internship

By: Brian Mondragón Jones | March 24, 2017 | CARRA Announcements

CARRA is pleased to announce a new Research Informatics Training Internship intended to advance informatics-related research in Pediatric Rheumatology by increasing the pool of independent informatics researchers in our field. Through this internship, CARRA will fund up to two positions, for up to two years, with the intent of enabling junior faculty and fellows in Pediatric Rheumatology to obtain additional training and project experience in clinical and/or bio-informatics. Internship start date is July 1, 2017.

Applicants who submitted LOIs by April 7, 2017 and have been contacted by CARRA are invited to apply for this internship by completing this online application by May 8, 2017.  

As part of your application you will be required to submit the following:

  1. NIH Biosketch: (max. 4 pages)
  2. Research Statement: (2-4 pages suggested length)Use this template and describe your intended area(s) of interest in either clinical informatics or bioinformatics, your long-term goals for becoming an independent researcher with an informatics focus, what you hope to contribute and to gain from this training and research experience, and a brief summary of the research plan you propose for the internship period.
  3. Institutional Letter of Support: Letter signed by division chief or chair stating that they will guarantee the needed protected effort for these activities.
  4. Letter of Recommendation: Signed letter of recommendation in support of your candidacy for the internship, from a CARRA member other than the division chief or chair supporting this application.

An invitation by CARRA to complete a full application does not constitute an endorsement of an applicant’s eligibility to receive the CARRA Research Informatics Internship and CARRA reserves the right to offer fewer (or no) internships based on its review of applications received. Successful applicants will be expected to commit to a two-year long internship; however, the second year is not guaranteed and will be renewable based upon the demonstrated merit of the applicant’s efforts during the initial year, and may be terminated for non-performance.

Applicants must be currently Board Eligible or Board Certified in Pediatric Rheumatology in North America. Eligible applicants must be CARRA members, and may be either:

  1. Junior faculty or investigators, with an academic rank no greater than Associate Professor or equivalent at their institution, or
  2. Fellows currently accepted into or enrolled in an accredited Pediatric Rheumatology fellowship in North America. You must have satisfactorily completed your first year of fellowship prior to beginning the internship.

Please note that the CARRA Registry Internship is a separate internship opportunity with a different focus. Individuals who have applied for, are under consideration for, or have been awarded a CARRA Registry internship are not eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Applicants must commit to the following minimum effort during the course of the internship

  1. Junior faculty or investigators: 25% full-time effort. Institutional certification of protected time is required.
  2. Fellows: 50% effort. Your effort, research informatics training, and proposed project must be approved by your Scholarship Oversight Committee prior to beginning the internship.
  3. Attendance at CARRA Annual Scientific Meetings, in addition to other periodic meetings, conferences with mentors, and didactic activities (seminars and classes). Travel expenses will be covered or substantially offset by funding provided by the Informatics Research Training Internship.


  1. Junior faculty or investigators: 25% salary (salary cap of $200,000), including fringe. Up to 8% indirect costs will be allowed on salary support. Discretionary support may additionally be provided for tuition for relevant classes and seminars pending pre-approval by CARRA.
  2. Fellows: No salary support. Support will be provided for project-related expenses directly related to the Internship and tuition for internship related classes and seminars, including those mandatory to the internship, pending pre-approval by CARRA.
  3. Travel and lodging expenses for pre-approved meetings and conferences relevant to the internship will be covered or offset to the extent not covered by other available funding sources.


Following CARRA review of the full application qualified applicants will be invited for interviews. Notification of applicants and official announcement of awardees is anticipated to occur in May 2017, following the CARRA Annual Meeting.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. For any questions or additional information, please contact [email protected].

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The fellowship will be customized to the research needs of the applicant, but broadly will involve a 2 year commitment (evaluated/renewable after 1 year) involving a combination of some didactic coursework and an independent, mentored project that will represent the majority of the effort during the period.

What are the specific goals of the internship?
The specific goals of the internship are to provide the individual receiving the internship with the opportunity to become, in the future, an independently funded researcher in clinical or bioinformatics that would contribute to the pediatric rheumatology community. During the internship, a project of value to CARRA and the CARRA Registry would be another goal.

Will there be a mentorship component?
Mentorship will depend upon whether the applicant is a fellow or junior faculty. At least 2 mentors will be identified and this will occur at regular, fairly frequent intervals depending upon the role of the mentor.

What will the coursework consist of?
The coursework will consist of a base of broad informatics knowledge involving understanding the basics of both clinical informatics, including population-based medicine and chronic-diseases based research, and introductory topics in genomics/proteomics/array techniques as well. More detailed studies will be tailored to the research interests and project of the intern and involve targeted coursework, either remote or local, to provide additional necessary knowledge.

What addition experience or training will the internship offer?
The fellowship training and project will be customized to the research needs of the applicant, but broadly will involve a 2 year commitment (evaluated/renewable after 1 year) involving a combination of some didactic coursework and an independent, mentored project that will represent the majority of the effort during the period. In addition, the project chosen will need to be of recognized value to CARRA and the CARRA Registry.

Is previous CARRA Registry Database or genomics/proteomics are pre-requisite?
The applicant is not expected to have such knowledge previously, but a demonstrated ability in quantitative analysis or related areas will make the applicant more competitive for the position. If a genomics/proteomics or other non-clinical informatics area is chosen, the project must be related to existing or readily obtainable adjunctive biospecimens and/or datasets relevant to CARRA and the CARRA Registry, and the research itself must be feasible within the confines of the internship budget or via outside, guaranteed funding.

How does this internship differ from the Registry Internship?
The Registry internship focuses on providing dedicated effort for researchers interested in contributing to the development of new capabilities and analyses of the CARRA Registry and to foster the involvement of new investigators in the Registry itself. It is not intended to further the training of applicants in informatics per se in pediatric rheumatology and does not include a component of formal training or mentorship in informatics, and is also not specifically intended to establish a cadre of informatics-focused independent researchers in pediatric rheumatology.