Office of Research & Development

 

NOTE: The handbooks listed on this page are provided as general reference, but please note that the contact information and dates in the handbooks may be out-of-date. However the basic guidance and processes are largely unchanged. For current dates, forms, and contacts for the upcoming funding round, please refer to the Applications & Submissions section.

For other handbooks and directives not listed on this page, please visit the VHA publications site. Please note that the most current copies of Service policy documents are on the ORD website.

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Title

Service

1200

[+] Veterans Health Administration Research and Development Program (65 KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive provides an overview of Research and Development policies and procedures.

All ORD

1200.01

[+] Research and Development Committee Handbook (119 KB, PDF)
This Handbook is a major revision to the current VHA procedures governing the Research and Development’s responsibilities and operations. It also addresses emerging issues and recent concerns related to research including information security, and credentialing and privileging of physicians and other applicable research employees. The provisions of the Handbook must be implemented no later than July 31, 2007.

All ORD

1200.02

[+] Research Business Operations (224KB, PDF)
This Handbook establishes standards and requirements for the proper and efficient operation of research offices with regard to formal communications, financial operations, and personnel.

All ORD

1200.03

[+] Centralized Positions of Research Scientists, GS-14 and Above (SEE ALSO: Guidance for Classifying PD Not Covered by 1200.03) (30 KB, PDF)
This VHA Handbook defines the information required by the Office of Research and Development (ORD) to evaluate research scientist positions and other professional positions funded by ORD for classification at General Schedule (GS)-14 and above.

All ORD

1200.04

[+] Research Career Development Program (61 KB, PDF)
The Research Career Development Program is an award series under which both clinically and non-clinically trained post-doctoral researchers may gain mentored research time intended to advance awardees toward independence as funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scientists. The program is designed to attract, develop, and retain talented VA researchers in areas of particular importance to VA. This Handbook provides the structure and procedures of this Office of Research and Development (ORD) program.

All ORD

1200.05

[+] Requirements for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (478 KB, PDF)
o The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is one of seventeen Federal departments and agencies that have agreed to follow the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (Common Rule), effective June 18, 1991 (56 Federal Register (FR) 28001). This policy is incorporated in title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 16. This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook defines the procedures for implementing 38 CFR Part 16 and other applicable Federal requirements for the protection of human subjects, and defines changes to the Human Research Protection Program accreditation policy.

All ORD

1200.06

[+] Control of Hazardous Agents in VA Research Laboratories (412 KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook establishes policy and procedures related to select agents and toxins.

All ORD

1200.07

[+] Use of Animals in Research (418 KB, PDF)
This VHA Handbook sets forth the principles and procedures that govern research, testing, and teaching activities involving laboratory animals in the VA.

All ORD

1200.08

[+] Safety of Personnel Engaged in Research (201KB, PDF)
This Handbook establishes policies for ensuring the safety of personnel engaged in research. [Replaces VHA Handbook 1200.11 dated Aug. 22, 1997.]

All ORD

1200.09

[+] Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Research (31 KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook defines the requirements regarding the inclusion of women and minorities in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) research.

All ORD

1200.12

[+] Use of Data and Data Repositories in VHA Research (185 KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook establishes the procedures for the use of data for VHA research purposes, the storage of VHA research data, and the development of VHA research data repositories.

All ORD

1200.15

[+] Eligibility for VA Research Support (278 KB, PDF)
This Handbook defines the criteria for eligibility to receive research support from the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

All ORD

1200.16

[+] VA Off-site Research Handbook (194 KB, PDF)
This Handbook clarifies the scope of the Office of Research and Development (ORD) on the performance of VA-funded research in sites other than VA medical centers and VA-leased space.

All ORD

1200.16-Template

[+] Partial Offsite Waiver Request Template (60 KB, MSWord)
Template document for Partial Offsite Waiver requests.

All ORD

1200.17

[+] VA Nonprofit Research and Education Corporations (111KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook provides procedures and instructions governing Nonprofit Research and Education Corporations (NPC) created pursuant to title 38 §§ 7361 through 7366, United States Code (U.S.C.).

All ORD

1200.18

[+] Intellectual Property (204KB, PDF)
This Handbook provides revised guidance and instruction regarding intellectual property (inventions) and the transfer of new scientific discoveries to benefit the public good (technology transfer).

All ORD

1200.19

[+] Presentation of Research Results (112KB, PDF)
This Handbook establishes procedures, assigns responsibilities, and specifies authority for ensuring that the contributions of the VA to research are appropriately acknowledged and publicly disclosed. This Handbook applies to all research results where either direct or indirect support for the research emanated from VA, either in the form of research funding, resources (e.g., facilities or patients), or as a result of the investigator’s full-time, part-time, or without compensation (WOC) appointment. The policies herein extend to all forms of research results, including publications, presentations, media interviews, and other professional activities.

All ORD

1201.00

[+] Priority Setting for Medical and Prostethic Research (36 KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive provides policy for the strategic planning process in the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

All ORD

1202

[+] Overview of MRS (47KB, MSWord)
This Directive provides an overview of Medical Research Service policies and procedures.

BLRD/CSRD

1202.01

[+] Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) Services Merit Review Award Program Process (56KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook establishes procedures for the Merit Review Award Program for the Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) Services of the Office of Research and Development (ORD).

BLRD/CSRD

1202.03

[+] Career Development Program (400KB, PDF)
This VHA Handbook provides guidelines and application procedures for the Medical Research Service (MRS) Career Development program. The fundamental objectives of the Career Development program remain the same – to build capacity, in a wide geographic distribution, for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct research in areas of high relevance to the veterans healthcare system in fulfillment of its primary mission of patient care, supported by appropriate research and education.

BLRD/CSRD

1202.04

[+] Research Career Scientist Program Handbook Biomedical laboratory Research and Development (BL&RD) Service and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) Service (85KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook establishes procedures for the Research Career Scientist (RCS) Program.

BLRD/CSRD

1202.05

[+] William S. Middelton Award Procedural Handbook (54KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook provides information and procedures relating to the nomination, application, review, and selection process for the annual William S. Middleton Award.

BLRD/CSRD

1202.06

[+] Research Equipment Management Program (33KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook establishes procedures related to the management, procurement, and disposition of research laboratory equipment or laboratory animal management equipment purchased with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) appropriated dollars.

BLRD/CSRD

1203

[+] RR&D Directive (38KB, PDF)
This Directive announces programmatic changes in the Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) Service.

RRD

1203.01

[+] Merit Review Program (35KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook announces programmatic changes to the Merit Review Program in the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D).

RRD

1203.03

[+] Research Career Scientist Program and Awards (34KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook provides programmatic changes to the Research Career Scientist (RCS) Program in the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D).

RRD

1203.04

[+] RR&D Centers (49KB, PDF)
This Handbook announces programmatic changes to the RR&D Centers in the RR&D Service.

RRD

1203.05

[+] Journal of RR&D (76KB, PDF)
This Handbook announces programmatic procedures to the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development in the RR&D Service.

RRD

1203.06

[+] Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in RR&D (37KB, PDF)
This Handbook announces programmatic procedures for the Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in RR&D.

RRD

1204

[+] VHA HSR&D (43KB, PDF)
This Directive contains policy and guidance for programs in HSR&D.

HSRD

1204.01

[+] Scientific Research and Development Projects (106KB, PDF)
This Handbook provides procedures on support for scientific research and development projects, and clarifies specific information about funding programs in HSR&D.

HSRD

1204.03

[+] Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Centers (44KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook defines Health Services Research and Development Service’s (HSR&D) procedures that establish and govern HSR&D Centers and conference support.

HSRD

1204.04

[+] Under Secretary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research (29KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook provides procedures related to nomination and selection for the “Under Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research.”

HSRD

1204.05

[+] Operational Procedures for Activities Sponsored by HSR&D (52 KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Handbook provides specific guidance for activities sponsored by Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) Service including policies and procedures related to: communication with Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Central Office; financial operations, including funding decisions and investigator travel; investigator eligibility; monitoring of HSR&D projects and programs; investigators’ reporting obligations and requests for modifications to approved projects. NOTE: This Handbook supplements VHA Handbook 1200.2.

HSRD

1205

[+] Veterans Health Administration Cooperative Studies Program (44KB, PDF)
This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive provides policy and guidance for Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) activities and serves as a guide to additional resources for program-specific information and procedures.

CSP

1205.01

[+] Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) Study Initiation and Management Processes (35 KB, PDF)
This Handbook provides process and procedures for Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) activities, including LOIs, scientific merit review of proposals, study initiation, and study management.

CSP

See also


Declaration of VA Research Principles (299 KB, PDF) - This poster describes how VA commits to conducting ethical human research, and is a reminder that everyone in VA is responsible for making sure these principles are followed as a top priority.