Grant Opportunities


CARRA’s peer-reviewed Intramural Grant Program offers various funding opportunities to support investigators at all career levels and advance research that furthers our mission. CARRA values collaborative research, including studies with an international reach and those that are high impact, innovative and may lead to additional funding.

Grant Opps

Important Dates

  • Dec 15, 2023: Proposal Central opens for application submissions
  • Feb 5, 2024: Deadline for all data/sample requests related to grant applications
  • March 15, 2024: Application Deadline
  • June 2024: Applicant Notifications
  • July 1, 2024: Project Period Start Date

Important Information

  • All grant applications will be submitted via Proposal Central.
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Funding Opportunities

See all opportunities in Proposal Central

The following grants will be available to CARRA members in our next cycle:

* Note: The order of sections within the applications below may be different within Proposal Central, but the information requested is consistent with the RFA.

CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Grants

Small Grants

1 or 2-year award

Up to 5 awards

$50,000 per award

Download RFA (PDF)

Large Grants

2-year award

Up to 2 awards

$100,000 per award

Download RFA (PDF)

Fellow Grants

1-year award

Up to 2 awards

$25,000 per award

Download RFA (PDF)

Health Equity Research Grants

1-year award

Up to 2 awards

$100,000 per award

Download RFA (PDF)

Mentored Career Development Award

3-year award

Up to 2 awards

$375,000 per award

Download RFA (PDF)

Advancing Biosample Collection Awards

2-year award

Up to 3 awards

$50,000 per award

Download RFA (PDF)

Bridge Award

1 award

$125,000 per award

Download RFA (PDF)

CARRA-PReS Collaborative Research Grant

In cooperation with PReS, CARRA accepts the following application:

CARRA-PReS Collaborative Research Grant

This award supports collaborative research activities between CARRA and PReS early career investors and provides seed funding that allows CARRA and PReS investigators to successfully plan and apply for other grants that could support large-scale collaborative research activities.

2-year award

1 award per year

€50,000 EUR or USD equivalent per award

Download RFA (PDF)

Travel Support Grants

VERITY/Brigham Course in Clinical Rheumatology Research

Through a partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, CARRA is able to select two members to receive travel support to participate in the VERITY/Brigham Course in Rheumatology Clinical Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA on April 2-5, 2024.

Eligibility: Fellows and junior faculty

Up to two $1000 travel scholarships

Scholarship application deadline: January 19, 2024

CARRA Utrecht Travel Award

This funding opportunity provides travel support to Early Investigators who attend the Utrecht Summer School research course “Translational Medicine: Doing the Right Research Right,” offered July 7-12, 2024 in the Netherlands.

The project PI must be an Early Investigator who is a current CARRA member in good standing and who is up-to-date on both membership dues and membership information (location, contact information, and membership status). CARRA Board of Directors and Executive Committee members are not eligible to apply.

Prior awardees are not eligible.

Application deadline: April 1, 2024

Maximum award is $2,000 USD

Download RFA (PDF)

Additional Grant Opportunities

CARRA also accepts the following applications on a rolling basis:

Publication Support Grant

This award funds publication costs (not eligible for support from the investigator’s institution or other funding mechanisms) for CARRA-related manuscripts that have been accepted for publication.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Up to $3000

Data Analysis Support Grant

This award supports qualitative or quantitative data analyses on existing CARRA datasets from collaborative research projects. Funds may be requested to complete a fixed set of tasks that will result in the timely publication of results. The investigator should have the necessary data in hand at the time of the application submission.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Up to $10,000

over 143

grants awarded since 2016

5.3 million+



institutions funded

“The impact of this grant (CARRA-Arthritis Foundation Career Development Award) on my career cannot be overstated. This award is an “infusion of life support” to my research career.”

 – 2022 Awardee Tamar Rubinstein, MD, MS, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore.

“Engagement and Depression in Adolescents and Young Adults with Childhood-onset Lupus”

For questions about CARRA’s peer-reviewed, intramural grant program, please contact Emily Klein, Sr. Grants Manager at [email protected].

Read more about findings from CARRA-supported awards.