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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.

All studies seeking CSG consideration and approval must complete Arthritis Research UK's expression of interest form, and forward it to the CSG administrator

  • Investigators should approach the CSG at their earliest opportunity, considering the very minimum of three to four months run-in for them to prepare a full application. The CSG will endeavour to act as speedily as possible to support initiatives, within limits of its Members' time and resources

  • In response to expressions of interest, the CSGs will assess whether or not the expression of interest currently fits its research strategy

  • Protocols at an earlier stage in development will be supported as possible, and be assessed on their own merits, in the light of the evolving research strategy. Key trials / related studies may be supported at an early stage in this process if central to the future research strategy

  • Where relevant, the CSG may give advice to investigators to support the best study going forward. They may also make investigators aware of funding options other than Arthritis Research UK that they could consider

  • For priority studies supported by the CSG, access to support from an information officer is available on request to the CSG Chair for a review of current evidence in the area of investigation (approximately a six week turnaround)

  • Where an expression of interest does not match current priorities as outlined in its research strategy, the CSG will consider the importance of the topic and whether it needs including in subsequent updates of this process. However the published strategy remains the working basis of supported activity

  • Investigators are strongly encouraged to involve consumer representatives (children, young people and parents / guardians) from the earliest stage of protocol development

  • All proposals seeking specific Arthritis Research UK support will be processed in accordance with Arthritis Research UK's new clinical trials initiative

  • For studies / trials already funded, they should be processed according to NIHR CRN: Children guidelines, available at Support from the CSG can be sought by contacting the CSG's administrator

  • Where several investigators are working in similar areas, the CSG will facilitate opportunities to consider collaboration, to bring together expertise and optimize the success of the study and funding applications. It remains the responsibility of the investigators to form constructive collaborations and for the scientific content of their proposals 

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