CARRA Newsletter - January 2019 Issue 2


Request for Applications: CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Shark Tank Award (up to 35k!)


Applications Due Monday, February 25

We are excited to announce the newest research funding opportunity and fun event at the 2019 Annual Meeting—the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Shark Tank Award! 

In this Issue...

Shark Tank Announcement

2019 Membership Renewal

2019 CARRA Elections

2019 Annual Meeting Updates

CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small Grant & Fellow Grant Announcement

VERITY Pilot & Feasibility Research Award

Registry Enrollment Updates

Upcoming Events

Arthritis Foundation Updates

The purpose of this award is to give CARRA members a unique opportunity to compete for funds to support research that furthers the CARRA mission in front of a live audience at the CARRA Annual Meeting. CARRA members can apply for up to $35,000 in funding. New or early investigators are encouraged to apply and will be afforded special consideration. Investigators with active CARRA-Arthritis Foundation grants are eligible to apply. Complete applications are due on Monday, February 25. Finalists will be selected to compete in a live one-hour session at the CARRA 2019 Annual Meeting, taking place from April 10-14, in Louisville, Kentucky. Finalists will present their project to a panel of “Sharks” who will select, with audience input, one proposal to fund. This award is made possible through the generous support of the Arthritis Foundation. CARRA would like to thank PeDRA for the inspiration behind this creative new annual meeting program.

Click here for more information, including eligibility, award, and application details.

Reminder: CARRA Membership Renewals are Due February 1!

Membership renewal is now open! As a CARRA member, you can:

Members must review/update their membership records annually and remain current on dues in order to be eligible for the above benefits.

Membership Renewal Due Date: February 1, 2019.

View the CARRA 2019 Membership Categories, Dues, and Late Fees here.

If you have any questions, please contact CARRA at [email protected] or 414-918-9822.

2019 CARRA Elections - Round 2 Nominations Due February 13

Thank you to everyone who voted in the first round of elections. The results will be announced on January 31.

CARRA is now accepting nominations for the JIA Vice Chair, the Pain Committee Chair, and the RCN Vice Chair. You may nominate yourself or someone else. Click here to submit a nomination by February 13.

See below for the complete timeline of the second round of elections.

  Round 2 (Pain Chair, JIA Vice Chair, RCN Vice Chair)
Nominations Due February 13
Nominee Applications Due February 20
Voting Opens February 26
Voting Closes March 7
Announcement of Election Results March 14

The Steering Committee has approved a reorganization of the coordinator network in an effort to improve research engagement across sites and to align these efforts with the current goals of the CARRA organization.

To learn more about this reorganization, visit the CARRA website.

You may nominate yourself or someone else. To view the full election timeline and Scope of Work for each position, please visit the Elections page on the CARRA website.

If you do not receive your voting ballot or have any questions, please contact Brian Mondragon Jones at [email protected].

2019 Annual Meeting Updates

Registration Opening Soon!

The 2019 CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting will take place in Louisville, Kentucky from April 10-14, 2019. For the latest information about the CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting, visit our website.

Registration will be opening at the end of January. Stay tuned for further details!

Housing Now Open!

Housing is now open for the 2019 CARRA Annual Scientific Meeting. The event will be held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. For hotel information and travel reimbursement information, please click here. CARRA members must renew their membership and have applicable dues paid by April 1 to be eligible for travel reimbursement. Membership renewal dues increase after February 1.

Reminder: CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small & Fellow Grant Applications Due February 15

Applications for the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small and Fellow Grant funding opportunities are due on Friday, February 15, 2019! Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PST. Click on the "Submit a Small Grant" or "Submit a Fellow Grant" buttons below to submit your application.

For the Small Grant, eligible investigators can apply for up to $25,000 in total project costs. 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. New or early investigators are encouraged to apply and will be afforded special consideration. Please click here for the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Small Grant Application requirements.

For the Fellow Grant, eligible investigators can apply for up to $25,000 in total project costs. This funding opportunity 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. Please click here for the CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Fellow Grant Application requirements.

If you are planning to submit for the upcoming cycle, please review all information available on the CARRA website prior to starting your application. If you have any questions about eligibility, budget or the submission process, please contact the CARRA Research Administrator at [email protected]. Use of the templates provided on the CARRA website is REQUIRED. Applications that do not follow the provided instructions will not be considered.

VERITY Pilot & Feasibility Research Award 2019 Announcement

VERITY (Value and Evidence in Rheumatology using bioInformaTics, and advanced analYtics) is a NIAMS-funded P30 awarded to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Within its first year of infancy, VERITY has gained momentum in the rheumatic and musculo-skeletal research world. Not only has it established three cores (Administrative, Bioinformatics and Methodology cores) and the VERITY/Brigham Course in Rheumatology Clinical Research under the P30, it has also launched the VERITY Pilot & Feasibility (P&F) Research Award. This award is a NIAMS-supported $20,000 grant that is aimed at providing seed funding for new projects as well as to offer an opportunity to the VERITY Research Community to develop skills in proposal preparation. All applicants must be a member of the VERITY research community and the selection committee will favor VERITY young investigators (rank of Assistant Professor or below) who have not been awarded an R01 grant or equivalent. The 2019 award application is due May 1, 2019 at 5:00PM ET. To learn more information on VERITY and the P&F Research Award, please visit                                                                                          

Registry Enrollment Update (as of 1/11/19)

Important Upcoming Dates

Arthritis Foundation Updates


JA Power Pack

The Arthritis Foundation’s JA Power Pack is a toolkit with useful information and tools to assist newly-diagnosed children and teens, as well as their parents. These resources were designed to give you and your family the power to make living with JA easier. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with it is the key to better living with JA. 

Please encourage the patients and families you serve to order a JA Power Pack in one of the following ways:

  • Call the Arthritis Foundation toll-free number, 1-800-283-7800 to place an order
  • Obtain an order form from their care provider and return to the Arthritis Foundation Office printed on the form
  • Complete an updated order form during their clinic visit so their care provider can send to the Arthritis Foundation office
  • Call their local Arthritis Foundation office and order over the phone

Health Care Providers can request a tear-off pad of JA Power Pack order forms by contacting the Arthritis Foundation local office in your area.

Champion of Yes

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. We exist to conquer arthritis and other childhood rheumatic diseases. We’ve been meeting the unique and urgent needs of families for 70 years. Working closely with such great research partners as the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA) (, we’re investing millions of dollars in outreach and collaborative research that advances prevention, care and a cure for kids and teens with rheumatic diseases. Our tools and resources help more children say Yes to making life better.