Office of Research & Development

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 VA scientists, Center Directors, and research administrators such as ACOS/R, etc. The current Career Development program provides opportunities for clinician and non-clinician biomedical and clinical researchers, including biostatisticians and clinical trialists. An annual progress report will be required for all funded CDA-2 applications. More information is available at

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. Before submitting a CDA-2 application, an individual must have an approved letter of intent (LOI) that is valid for the review cycle [see Guidance on Submission of a CDA-2 LOI to BLR&D and CSR&D (44 KB, Word; updated January 2015)].CSR&D has released separate LOI instructions for CDA-2 Clinical Trials only.CDEA applicants should submit an LOI or an application, as directed by BLR&D or CSR&D.

Revised Guidance on Submission of a CDA-2 LOI to BLR&D and CDR&D: BLR&D and CSR&D now require completion and submission of a completed and signed CDA Citizenship Certification form (fillable pdf) as part of all CDA-2 LOI submission. Failure to include this form will result in automatic disapproval of the LOI.

Nominees need to work closely with the local VA R&D Office to prepare the LOI and subsequent application. Inquiries concerning the program and LOIs must be submitted by the local VA R&D Office to the BLR&D/CSR&D Career Development mailbox ( deadlines for LOI submission to BLR&D and CSR&D are May 1 and November 1.

BLR&D and CSR&D CDA-2 applications must be submitted electronically through The information in the RFA posted under Electronic Submission on the ORD website for the particular Career Development level and Service supersedes all previous proposal submission instructions. Each RFA must be used in conjunction with the VA version of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. All questions concerning electronic submission should be directed by the local VA R&D Office to the eRA mailbox in Outlook at:

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