Research and Development
In accordance with the provisions of Title 38 U.S.C. 7303, this part sets forth the mechanism for VA medical facilities to submit applications for VA employees to conduct research for the purpose of improving Veterans? health and well-being. Investigator-initiated research proposals is the foundation to achieving ORD?s mission to discover knowledge, develop VA researchers and health care leaders, and create innovations that advance health care for our Veterans.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Veterans Health Administration Center, Department of Veterans Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
Accomplishments are defined by each award. This is available through the annual research performance progress report or other interim performance report.Fiscal Year 2017
Accomplishments are defined by each award. This is available through the annual research performance progress report or other interim performance report.Fiscal Year 2018
Accomplishments are defined by each award. This is available through the annual research performance progress report or other interim performance report.
Veterans Health Care, Capital Asset, and Business Improvement Act of 2003, Public Law 108-170, 38 U.S.C. 7303
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
The Principal Investigator (PI) and any Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) must have employment status of at least 25 hours per week (5/8ths) and activities that demonstrate a primary professional commitment to VA, including research, patient care, teaching, committee work, etc.. The eligibility of each prospective PI (and Co-PI) must be established prior to the funding of a research proposal.
VA Research's fundamental mission is to advance the healthcare of Veterans.
Applicants are required to submit a complete application package to be considered for an award. The FOA/RFA will specify the application procedures to be followed.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications submitted in response to a FOA/RFA must be submitted through Grants.gov using the VA-ORD Application Guide SF424 Research and Related (R&R) and forms available on the VA-ORD Intranet site at http://vaww.research.va.gov/funding/electronic-submission.cfm. ORD FOA/RFAs are not searchable in Grants.gov and are obtained through the aforementioned Intranet site.
Applications submitted in response to a VA-ORD FOA/RFA will be reviewed through a two-tier system. The first level of review will be performed by a Scientific Review Group (SRG) composed of scientists who have expertise in relevant scientific disciplines and current research areas. The purpose of the SRG is to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of applications. The SRG does not make funding decisions. The second level of review will be performed by VA-ORD, based not only on considerations of scientific merit (as judged by the SRGs), but also on the relevance of the proposed study to the mission, programs, and priorities of VA-ORD and the awarding Service. Final funding decisions are made at the discretion, and approval, of the awarding Service Director. VA-ORD uses a Just-in-Time process to ensure all VA regulations and policies are met prior to making a final award.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
The appeals process is intended to ensure that the scientific review of all applications is fair and equitable. It is not intended as a means to resolve differences in scientific opinion, to adjust funding decisions, or to circumvent the peer review process. The basis for an appeal and the procedure for submitting an appeal will be detailed in the FOA/RFA.
Renewal applications are not accepted for all award types. The FOA/RFA will specify if renewal applications will be accepted.
How are proposals selected?
The review and selection criteria are dependent on the funding mechanism and will be provided in the funding opportunity announcement/request for applications.
How may assistance be used?
The VA research program is an intramural program. The ORD allocates appropriated medical and prosthetic research funds to VA medical facilities for scientifically meritorious research related to the high-priority health care needs of Veterans to be conducted by VA employees. VA does not have the statutory authority to make research grants to colleges and universities, cities, states, or any other non-VA entity.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Office of Research Oversight (ORO) serves as the primary VHA office exercising oversight concerning all matters of research compliance and assurance. ORO conducts onsite Comprehensive Program Reviews (CPRs) that provide a high-level, integrated evaluation of all components of the VA medical facility's research compliance program that are subject to ORO oversight (i.e., human research protections, research information security, laboratory animal welfare, research safety, and general research administration). A CPR may be followed by an onsite focused compliance review, remote remediation, and/or onsite/remote technical assistance, targeting the specific areas of high vulnerability or potential noncompliance identified in the CPR.
As per VA Records Control Schedule 10-1, Chapter 8.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
VHA CO RDO ERA Mailbox
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420 US
(Project Grants) FY 16 FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 17 est $536,000,000.00; - VA estimates that $536 million of the Medical Care appropriation will support Medical and Prosthetic Research in 2017.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
VA-ORD awards are for terms ranging from one to seven years, as specified in each FOA/RFA. Availability of funds is dependent on Congressional appropriation and adjustments to budgets may be imposed after an award is initiated.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
Federal RePORTER will provide a list of active awards by Fiscal Year (FY). 1. Go to http://federalreporter.nih.gov/ 2. Click Advanced Search 3. Select VA for the Agency 4. Select FY 5. Submit QueryFiscal Year 2017
Federal RePORTER will provide a list of active awards by Fiscal Year (FY). 1. Go to http://federalreporter.nih.gov/ 2. Click Advanced Search 3. Select VA for the Agency 4. Select FY 5. Submit QueryFiscal Year 2018
Federal RePORTER will provide a list of active awards by Fiscal Year (FY). 1. Go to http://federalreporter.nih.gov/ 2. Click Advanced Search 3. Select VA for the Agency 4. Select FY 5. Submit Query