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Career Development Program for Biomedical Laboratory and Clinical Science R&D Services

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The Career Development program is intended to attract, develop, and retain talented researchers working in areas of particular importance to improve the health and care of our nation's Veterans. The Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development Service (BLR&D) and the Clinical Science Research & Development Service (CSR&D) have a rich history of supporting investigators during their early research careers who have gone on to serve as long-standing, independently funded scientists, Center Directors, and research administrators such as ACOS/R, etc. The current Career Development program provides opportunities for clinician and non-clinician scientists, including biostatisticians and clinical trialists. An annual progress report will be required for all funded CDA-1 and CDA-2 applications. More information is available at

New CDA-1 RFA Announcements are now available on the VA’s intranet RFA page. Eligible applicants must be a licensed M.D. psychiatrist or US military Veteran or applicants from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) who are within two years of obtaining their terminal degree (i.e., residency, fellowship, post-doc), and not have been a PI or co-PI on a post-doctoral or peer reviewed independent research project supported by a national, public or private organization.  Additional information on the psychiatrist career pathway is available here.

BLR&D and CSR&D are currently offering the Career Development Award-2 (CDA-2) as a mentored investigator award and Career Development Enhancement Award (CDEA) for senior investigators to obtain additional research training, acquire new knowledge or skills and enhance their research programs. Career Development Awards require an approved Letter of Intent. For guidance about preparing your Letter of Intent (LOI) please see the Guidance on Submission of CDA-1 and CDA-2 LOI to BLRD and CSRD and the presentation Guidance for Submitting Career Development Letter of Intent BLR&D and CSR&D Services.

VA RFAs are located at (copy and paste this link into your browser). This page is not available to the public. VA funding is available to VA investigators only.

Detailed guidance on submitting BLR&D and CSR&D Career Development applications may be found on the  BLR&D/CSR&D Resources For the VA Research Community page.

Career Development Awards


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