EULAR Virtual Research Center

EULAR Consultation Service

The EULAR Consultation Service offers a range of support areas for investigators as they endeavour to develop and execute high-quality clinical and translational research focused on rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.


Service areas

Support examples

Discussion of research idea and specific aims

Development of research question, study aims

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Study design

Selection of study design, study population and controls, power analysis/sampling strategy, statistical methods

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Data collection and management

Design of data collection and management plan, database design

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Protocol review

Advice on written sections of a protocol

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Regulatory support

Required elements, patient information sheets 

Resources coming soon!

Participant recruitment

Role of point-of-care recruitment in rheumatology, cross-continent recognition 

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Data analysis

Advice on conducting data analysis, multiple imputation, statistical issues, modeling

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Research reporting

Responding to reviewers, understanding why a paper was rejected, reporting research data, data visualization, and writing tips for successful academic articles

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The service will be available to investigators who are currently resident 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 VRC 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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