Office of Research & Development

BLR&D/CSR&D Merit Review Program

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The Merit Review Award Program is an intramural funding mechanism to support investigator-initiated research conducted by eligible VA investigators at VA medical centers or VA-approved sites. This program is BLR&D and CSR&D principal mechanism for funding basic, preclinical biomedical and behavioral studies as well as clinical studies of disorders and diseases of importance to the health of veterans.

BLR&D/CSR&D Eligibility

  • Licensed clinicians must have a VA-paid clinical appointment of at least 5/8ths time to receive funding. Please contact the Chief of Staff at the local VA Medical Center to learn about clinical opportunities.
  • Nonclinicians must become eligible to receive VA funding, and, if funded, must become a VA employee. Current VA employees must still apply for eligibility. To learn about opportunities in VA research, contact the Associate Chief of Staff for Research (ACOS/R) or Administrative Officer of Research (AO/R) in the research office at the local VA Medical Center.

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