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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 works in the following way: expressions of interest in seeking funding for a new study can be submitted at any time on a simple form. These should be emailed to Professor Griffin.

The CSG will first consider whether the proposal fits into the published strategy, seeking peer review where appropriate, and provide feedback as to whether the proposal is likely to be supported. If it is, then the CSG will support the applicants in their development of a full proposal.

Where appropriate this will involve collaboration with other Arthritis Research UK CSGs, for example a proposal on surgery for patients with rheumatoid arthritis may warrant joint support from this and the adult inflammatory arthritis CSG. In some circumstances, the CSG may facilitate the development of a proposal, for example by encouraging centres with similar proposals to collaborate, or arranging the involvement of a CTU.

When the applicants are ready to submit a full application, the CSG will provide a supporting letter to the Clinical Studies Subcommittee, who decide on funding. The effect of CSG support is to assure the CSS of the importance of the research question; without this assurance an application is unlikely to be funded.

If you would like to discuss submitting an expression of interest or have any suggestions as to new activities of the CSG please contact Professor Griffin.

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