TBI Research Funding Opportunities within the VA Office of Research and Development<br />Stuart Hoffman, PhD<br />Scientif...
Veterans Health Administration<br />Office of Research & Development<br />(ORD)<br />Joel Kupersmith, CRADO<br />Tim O’Lea...
Eligibility for VA Research Funding<br />The VA Office of Research and Development is an intramural research program. <br ...
Research Funding Mechanisms<br /><ul><li>Career Development Program
Salary support, protected time, travel award each year
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  • VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)OverviewThe VA Cooperative Studies Program is the Division of VA Research and Development that is responsible for the planning and conduct of large multicenter clinical trials and epidemiological studies in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our mission statement is:To advance the health and care of Veterans through collaborative research studies that produce innovative and effective solutions to national healthcare problems.To achieve this mission, the CSP has a clinical research infrastructure that operates under the management of Central Office in Washington, D.C. The CSP is comprised of professional experts at five data &amp; statistical coordinating centers, a clinical research pharmacy coordinating center, and four epidemiological resource centers. Additionally, the CSP partners with the VA Health Economics Resource Center to perform economic analyses on its clinical trials.Through collaborative efforts within the VA and with other federal, international, university, and private industry partners, CSP accomplishments have included key research findings across a range of diseases and have helped to provide definitive evidence for clinical practice within the VA and the nation. From its initial beginnings in the 1940s, the CSP continues to be a national and international leader in clinical research.
  • A letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted and approved before a full application can be submittedTwo cycles of review per year (winter and summer) VA does NOT have SBIR/STTR ProgramsNIH Electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons System (similar to NIH)Electronic processing system for grant submissionStreamline ORD proposal review and management processes One common submission process for all ORD proposalsImplemented in HHS (CDC, AHRQ, FDA) so we are now all using the same grant review systemAlternate Activity Codes approved by NIHActivity Code IO1 and I21Priority areas &amp; Veteran-centricResearch community exists among VA rehabilitation investigatorsAddress prevailing priorities while maintaining existing baseInterdisciplinary Thinking - Complex conditions require expertise across many professional disciplines Collaborations outside of VA - Requires extra effort, particularly administratively, but provides novel research opportunities
  • All Career Awards OfferProtected TimeSalary SupportTravel AwardsEnter at career level appropriate for youAll mentors do not have to be with VADo not have to currently be with VA to applyReview on promissory basis (all award types)Must be US CitizensFund to ~ 25th percentile
  • Polytrauma &amp; Traumatic Brain Injury Advanced Fellowship ProgramJointly supported by OAA &amp; RR&amp;DProvide fellowships for MDs &amp; post-doc associated health professionals with in-depth preparation in clinical care, research &amp; leadership in polytrauma, TBI &amp; other related neuroscience fields2 year program, with possibility of 3rd yearRehabilitation Research Pre-doctoral FellowshipsAssist with:Drafting announcement Dissemination to field &amp; academic affiliates Recommending reviewers
  • Hoffman, Stuart

    1. 1. TBI Research Funding Opportunities within the VA Office of Research and Development<br />Stuart Hoffman, PhD<br />Scientific Program Manager<br />TBI and Stroke<br />Rehabilitation Research and Development Service<br />Email: stuart.hoffman@va.gov<br />Phone: (202) 443-5762<br />
    2. 2. Veterans Health Administration<br />Office of Research & Development<br />(ORD)<br />Joel Kupersmith, CRADO<br />Tim O’Leary, Holly Birdsall, Deputy CRADOs<br />Research-Funding Services<br />Health <br />Services<br />R&D<br />Seth Eisen<br />Rehabilitation<br />R&D<br />Active Search<br /> Biomedical <br />Laboratory<br />R&D<br />Ron Przygodski<br /> Clinical <br />Science<br />R&D<br />Tim O’Leary<br />Office of Research & Development<br />
    3. 3. Eligibility for VA Research Funding<br />The VA Office of Research and Development is an intramural research program. <br /> All applicants (i.e., the Principal Investigator (PI) and any Co-PI) for VA research funds are required to hold a minimum 5/8th VA salaried position. <br /> Individuals with less than a 5/8th VA appointment are encouraged to seek at least a 5/8th VA official appointment. <br />
    4. 4. Research Funding Mechanisms<br /><ul><li>Career Development Program
    5. 5. Salary support, protected time, travel award each year
    6. 6. CDA-2 can request up to $65K/yr in operating expenses
    7. 7. Merit Award
    8. 8. 1 - 4 years, $275K/yr, travel award each year
    9. 9. Can request $350K for one of the years
    10. 10. But not exceed overall cap for number years requested
    11. 11. Pilot Awards
    12. 12. 1 - 2 years, $100K/yr, travel award each year
    13. 13. Center of Excellence
    14. 14. 5 years, $1M/yr
    15. 15. Research Award Enhancement Program
    16. 16. 5 years, $350K/yr</li></li></ul><li>Career Development Award Program<br /><ul><li>Career Development Award – 1: Entry Level
    17. 17. Within 2 years of training
    18. 18. 2 year award
    19. 19. Review criteria emphasize: candidate’s qualifications, mentorship, career development plan
    20. 20. Career Development Award - 2: Mid-level
    21. 21. Within 5 years of training
    22. 22. 3 to 5 year award
    23. 23. Can request research support: $10,000 - $50,000 per year
    24. 24. Career Development Transition Award (CDTA)
    25. 25. For clinicians only
    26. 26. Provides salary support
    27. 27. Must submit merit review proposal
    28. 28. Up to 3 year award
    29. 29. Career Development Enhancement Award (CDEA)
    30. 30. For Senior VA Scientists</li>

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