Office of Research & Development

Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D)


The VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) pursues research that underscores all aspects of VA healthcare: patient care, care delivery, health outcomes, cost, and quality. HSR&D research also addresses critical issues for Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with conditions that may require care over their lifetimes.

The main HSR&D website can be found at


VA's Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) works to identify and evaluate innovative strategies that lead to accessible, high quality, cost-effective care for Veterans and the nation.

HSR&D is an intramural research program funding eligible VA clinician and non-clinician investigators to address VA healthcare priorities that ultimately help to improve healthcare for Veterans and the nation. VA HSR&D researchers carry out their mission and are supported by four key enterprises:

  • Centers of Innovation
    HSR&D has funded nineteen Centers of Innovation (COINs) effective October 1, 2013. The COINs will build on the successes of HSR&D's earlier Centers of Excellence (COEs) and Research Enhancement Award Programs (REAPs).
  • Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)
    HSR&D oversees and facilitates VA's Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI), which is designed to improve care by facilitating the adoption of new evidence based treatments, tests, and models of care into routine clinical practice. QUERI is a central component of VA's commitment to improving the quality of Veterans' healthcare.
  • Resource Centers
    HSR&D maintains three Resource Centers, each with a special focus area, that provide support and information to VA researchers and healthcare managers.

Questions about the R&D website? Email the Web Team.

Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.