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VA Innovation and Research Review System (VAIRRS)

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The VA Innovation and Research Review System (VAIRRS) is the VA's enterprise instance of IRBNet. VAIRRS will be used by all VA medical centers with research programs and will provide an enterprise platform to support the management of research oversight committees. The transition to this new on-line submission and review system began October 2020. As of April 2021, 93 VA research sites have been onboarded with the support of the Office of Research Protections, Policy and Education (ORPP&E). VAIRRS is uniquely positioned to assist VA facilities in the conduct of VA research and is capable of withstanding the changing pressures of their research needs, including:

  • Oversight needs of the research programs and institutions
  • Collaborative needs of dually appointed VHA investigators
  • Regulatory changes of the new Common Rule (2019)

Key Benefits of VAIRRS

Reduction of Administrative Workload

Research Office Staff, Committee Members, Researchers and their Project Staff

Improved Transparency

Research Protocol Processing

Support for Committee Work and Institutional Tracking of All Research and Innovation Projects

Regardless of Funding or Regulatory Status

Dashboard Reporting of Key Metrics

Harmonized and Standardized Processes Across VA Research


Contact Us

For questions, please contact us at VAIRRS@va.gov.



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