EULAR Clinical Research Support

The EULAR Clinical Research Support offers services in a range of areas for investigators as they endeavour to develop and execute high-quality clinical research focused on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. 

Service areas Support examples
Discussion of research idea and specific aims  Development of research question, study aims.  Request a free consultation
Study design Selection of study design, study population and controls, power analysis/sampling strategy, statistical methods Request a free consultation
Data collection and management Design of data collection and management plan, database design  Request a free consultation 
Protocol review  Advice on written sections of a protocol Request a free consultation 
Regulatory ​support Required elements, patient information sheets Resources coming soon!
Participant recruitment Role of point-of-care recruitment in rheumatology, cross-continent recognition Resources coming soon! 
Data analysis Advice on conducting data analysis, multiple imputation, statistical issues, modeling Request a free consultation 
Research reporting Responding to reviewers, understanding why a paper was rejected, reporting research data, data visualization, and writing tips for successful academic articles.  Request a free consultation 

Acknowledgment of EULAR Research Support 

All publications and projects resulting from the utilization of the EULAR Research Consultation Service are required to credit EULAR. 

  • If the project was supported by one or more EULAR consultants and you would like to acknowledge them by name in the manuscript, please request their permission. 
  • Citation language: "We thank [Name of consultant] who supported the study in [his/her] role as a consultant for the Research Consultation Service offered through the European Alliance of Associations for Rheumatology (EULAR). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does no necessarily represent the official views of EULAR."

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The service will be available to investigators who are currently residing and working in EULAR-affiliated countries. Support will be limited to 2 annual projects per investigator per calendar year. 

  • The service is free for the first two years after launch. Early adopters are expected to provide feedback to improve the service offerings. 
  • After the pilot pase, a graded fee system will be introduced, including free initial consultation services, that will be continued for modest fee recovery, lines pro-rata to the amount of consultation service utilised. 

Participation of Patient Research Partners 

It is highly-desirable that patient research partners will be involved in any projects that EULAR will support. 

Diversity and Inclusiveness Statement 

EULAR welcomes applications from a diverse pool of highly talented scientists with diverse backgrounds in EULAR-affiliated countries. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that may be underrepresented in RMD research are encouraged to apply. 

This EULAR Consultation Service is part of a series of efforts to broaden research access and build capacity across every facet of the European scientific research enterprise - from basic laboratory research to clinical and translational research to policy formation. The Research Centre seeks to build the intellectual depth, research subject expertise, creativity and a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints that can furnish these ambitions. 


The Consultants will hold in strict confidence all information, which he/she knows or should know that it is confidential. In particular, the Consultant will hold all information relating to the requestor's research project in strict confidence, except instructed otherwise by the researcher in writing (e-mail is sufficient). This undertaking shall continue to be in force for a duration of 3 years after the termination of the Consultation Service agreement. 

Research Ethics

EULAR expects a high standard in the conduct of research it supports. For researchers this includes scientific integrity and adherence to the principles of good research practice. Patients subjected to investigation shall be included with due adherence to the declaration of Helsinki. 

Terms and Conditions 

During the 2-year pilot phase, the Research support will be free to investigators from EULAR-affiliated countries as defined above. Support will be limited to 2 annual projects per investigators. 

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