VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
The 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 & 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 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.
To obtain a CSP brochure, click here. (443 KB, PDF)
To learn how to start a CSP study, click here.