Office of Research & Development

ORD Policies, Handbooks, and Guidance Documents

The handbooks listed in this section are provided as general reference, but please note that the contact information and dates in the handbooks may be out-of-date.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.

Public Access

Investigators must make available to the public all peer-reviewed publications reporting the results of ORD-funded research without restriction...Learn more

Publication Notification Requirements

VA investigators or their local research offices are required, per VHA Handbook 1200.19, to notify VHA Research Communications of all scientific publications or presentations, upon acceptance. Read about the notification process.

General ORD Policies



Federal Regulations

Good Clinical Practice

Guiding Principles


Declaration of VA Research Principles

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. Download (942 KB, PDF)

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