EULAR Translational Research Support

The EULAR Translational Research Support offers a range of services and resources for investigators to develop and execute high-quality translational research focused on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs). Translational Research is defined here as research using patient/human materials (e.g., cells, serum, tissue) or dedicated animal models of RMDs to address bedside-to-bench research questions.


Service areas

Support examples

Study design and protocol development

Validate results, sensitivity analysis, effect size calculations, use of controls and independent cohorts, generalizability, biostatistical analysis approaches, standards of reporting

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Access to patient/human materials

Advise on identifying centres and their respective principal investigators, suggestion of potential collaborators, advice on exchange of materials, including standard procedures for transfer between centers and ethical review

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Access to methods/technologies to perform translational science-related analyses (e.g., biomarker testing)

Identify potential collaborators/technology hubs that could help with accessing/conducting material analyses, advice on selection of specific technologies for the research question

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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 that, a graded fee system will be introduced, including free initial consultation services, that will be continued for modest free recovery, lined 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 call 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 VRC seeks to build the intellectual depth, research subject expertise, creativity and a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints that can furnish these ambitions.


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 investigator.

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