Expression of interest and commissioning studies
At the early stages, investigators are encouraged to fill in what they can to enable initial dialogue. This EOI form may be submitted partially completed to facilitate initial engagement with the group. Its completion can then be an iterative, cumulative process in line with engagement with the CSG and as the study becomes more defined over time.
The CSG Steering group receive expressions of interest at any time from researchers. These are screened for “fit” with the strategy and the most strategically important projects identified with the aim of rationalising duplicate projects and encouraging collaboration. Please complete the expression of interest.
Those EoI prioritised by the steering group are sent for international peer commentary, which is fed back to the PIs, to help the steering group ascertain that the research questions are or strategic importance, and that they are tractable.
EoI of high quality which “fit” the strategy are then worked up in a collaborative, facilitative fashion by the CSG and PIs to “MRC standard” before submission to Arthritis Research UK. As part of this process, the CSG can support and fund “think-tanks” where PIs can bring together national and international experts in the field to help work up the proposal. Following submission to Arthritis research UK the proposal will be internationally reviewed, and applicants will have the opportunity to respond to reviewers comments, before the proposal is considered by the Arthritis Research UK Clinical Studies Subcommittee (CSS).
A number of members can be appointed in an advisory capacity on a regular or an ad hoc basis depending on the needs of the CSG and related topic-specific subgroups.
The CSG involves consumers in all aspects of its work.