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BLRD/CSRD Research Career Scientist Awards

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BLRD and CSRD recognize the critical contributions that non-clinician scientists make to our research program. The intramural nature of VA research encourages our investigators to make VA their primary professional focus. This includes participation in local and national committees, leadership of research core facilities, collaboration with clinician scientists, teaching, mentoring, and supervising junior investigators, and stewardship of shared resources.

In recognition of these efforts, we offer a funding mechanism to support the salaries of non-clinician scientists who have demonstrated extraordinary contributions to VA research beyond their own funded studies and programs: the Research Career Scientist (RCS) award.

The RCS award provides 5-years of salary support. The Senior Research Career Scientist (SRCS) award is provided to highly productive international leaders, who have achieved wide recognition of accomplishments in their research area, and provides 7-years of salary support. For more information about the RCS program, please refer to the documents below.

RCS applications are accepted electronically via Submission deadlines may be found in Table 3 of the RCS funding opportunity document (RFA). The RCS RFA must be used in conjunction with the VA version of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Inquiries about the RCS Program should be directed to

BLRD/CSRD Research Career Scientist Awards

Updated October 4, 2019




Research Area

RCS Ahmad, Nihal Madison, WICancer (Skin)
SRCS Ahmed, Khalil Minneapolis, MNCancer (Prostate)
SRCS Alpini, Gianfranco D Indianapolis, INBiliary Disorders
RCS Alrefai, Waddah A Chicago, ILBile Acid Transport
SRCS Azhar, Salman Palo Alto, CADiabetes and Related Disorders (NAFLD)
SRCS Becker, Howard Charleston, SCAlcohol Use Disorders
SRCS Beckham, Jean C Durham, NCMental Health (PTSD, SUDs)
RCS Bellido, Teresita IndianapolisBone biology/osteocytes
SRCS Bickford, Paula C Tampa, FLNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD, PD, TBI)
SRCS Bishop, Gail A Iowa City, IACancer (Immunology)
RCS Brecha, Nicholas C West Los Angeles, CASensory Loss (Vision)
RCS Bysani, Chandrasekar Columbia, MOCardiovascular Disease
RCS Caldwell, Ruth B Augusta, GADiabetic Retinopathy
RCS Casey, Carol A Omaha, NEDigestive Diseases (AFLD)
SRCS Cecchini, Gary San Francisco, CAMitochondrial Diseases
SRCS Chalfant, Charles E Tampa, FLCancer (NSCLC)
RCS Chang, Wenhan San Francisco, CANeuroendocrine functions
RCS Chen, Jin Nashville, TNCancer (Lung)
SRCS Chen, Jun Pittsburgh, PABrain Disorders (Stroke, TBI)
RCS Chen, Yabing Birmingham, ALCardiovascular Disease
SRCS Clemens, Thomas L Baltimore, MDBone Disorders
SRCS Crabbe, John Portland, ORAlcohol Use Disorders
RCS Crawford, Fiona Tampa, FLBrain Disorders (AD & TBI & GWI)
RCS Cushion, Melanie T Cincinnati, OHInfectious Diseases (Pneumocystis)
SRCS Dahiya, Rajvir San Francisco, CACancer (Prostate)
SRCS Davis, John S Omaha, NEEndocrine Disorders
SRCS Dong, Zheng Augusta, GAKidney Disorders (AKI)
SRCS Dudeja, Pradeep K Chicago, ILGastroenterology (Ion transport)
RCS El-Rifai, Wael Miami, FLCancer (gastric)
SRCS Ergul, Adviye Charleston, SCCerebral Circulation
RCS Fan, Jie Pittsburgh, PASurgery (Shock)
RCS Feinstein, Douglas L Chicago, ILBrain Disorders (MS)
RCS Fliesler, Steven J Buffalo, NYSensory Loss (Vision)
SRCS Ford, Judith M San Francisco, CAMental Health (Schizophrenia)
RCS Gao, Allen C Sacramento, CACancer (Prostate)
RCS Ghosh-Choudhury, Goutam San Antonio, TXKidney Disorders
SRCS Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Beverley Oklahoma City, OKVisceral Pain
SRCS Gukovskaya, Anna S West Los Angeles, CAPancreatitis
RCS Haghighi, Fatemeh Bronx, NYEpigenetics (TBI, depression, suicidal behavior)
RCS Hasty, Karen A Memphis, TNMusculoskeletal Disorders (OA)
RCS Hay, Nissim Chicago, ILCancer metabolism/therapy
RCS Hazlett, Erin Bronx, NYMental Health (Sz)
RCS Hioe, Catarina E Bronx, NYInfectious Diseases (HIV)
RCS Hoffman, Timothy J Columbia, MOCancer (Radiochemistry)
SRCS Janowsky, Aaron J Portland, ORSubstance Use Disorders (Methamphetamine)
SRCS Jarvis, Gary San Francisco, CAInfectious Diseases (Neisseria)
SRCS Jones, Kathryn J Indianapolis, INSCI Repair
RCS Joyce, Sebastian Nashville, TNInfectious Diseases (TB immunology)
RCS Kern, Timothy S Long Beach, CADiabetic Retinopathy
SRCS Kindy, Mark S Tampa, FLNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD, PD, TBI)
SRCS Kowluru, Anjan Detroit, MIDiabetes (Beta cells)
RCS Lau, Kin-Hing William Loma Linda, CABone Disorders
RCS Lau, Yun-Fai Chris San Francisco, CACancer (Prostate)
RCS Liu, Jialing San Francisco, CABrain Disorders (Stroke)
SRCS Lovallo, William R Oklahoma City, OKAddictive Disorders (Multigenerational studies)
RCS Mateika, Jason H Detroit, MILung Disorders (Apnea)
RCS Merlin, Didier Decatur, GAGastroenterology (IBS)
RCS Mohan, Rajiv Columbia, MOSensory Loss (Vision)
SRCS Mohan, Subburaman Loma Linda, CABone Disorders
RCS Mohapatra, Shyam S Tampa, FLNanotherapeutics (RSV,Cancer)
RCS Mohapatra, Subhra Tampa, FLCancer (Colon) & TBI
RCS Olszewski, Michal Ann Arbor, MILung Immunology
RCS Pahan, Kalipada Chicago, ILNeurodegenerative disorders (CNS Cell Signaling Animal Models)
SRCS Pandey, Subhash C Chicago, ILSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
SRCS Pasinetti, Giulio M Bronx, NYNeurodegenerative (AD,ALS,GWI)
RCS Peachey, Neal S Cleveland, OHSensory Loss (Vision)
SRCS Pozzi, Ambra Nashville, TNKidney Disorders
RCS Rana, Ajay Chicago, ILPancreatic and Breast Cancer Pathogenesis
RCS Rasenick, Mark Chicago, ILNeuropsychiatry
RCS Rather, Philip N Decatur, GAInfectious Diseases (Acinetobacter Baumannii)
SRCS Richards, Tamara Portland, ORSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
SRCS Richardson, Arlan G Oklahoma City, OKBiology of Aging
SRCS Richmond, Ann Nashville, TNCancer (Immunology)
RCS Riscoe, Michael K Portland, ORInfectious Diseases (Malaria)
RCS Rishi, Arun K Detroit, MICancer (Breast)
RCS Robling, Alexander Indianapolis, INBone Disorders
RCS Rohrer, Baerbel Charleston, SCAge-related Macular Degeneration
SRCS Said, Hamid M Long Beach, CAGastronterology (Vitamin Transport)
SRCS Shafer, William M Decatur, GAInfectious Disease (Gonococcal Infection)
SRCS Shiromani, Priyattam J Charleston, SCSleep Disorders
SRCS Shmookler Reis, Robert J Little Rock, ARNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD)
SRCS Siegel, Jerome M Sepulveda, CASleep Disorders
SRCS Spiro, III, Avron Boston, MAMental Health (Epidemiology)
SRCS Squire, Larry R San Diego, CAMental Health (Memory)
RCS Strecker, Robert Boston, MASleep Disorders
SRCS Strong, John (Randy) San Antonio, TXBiology of Aging
SRCS Szymusiak, Ronald S Sepulveda, CASleep Disorders
SRCS Tache, Yvette F West Los Angeles, CAGut-Brain Axis
RCS Tregellas, Jason Denver, COMental Health (Schizophrenia)
SRCS Tsukamoto, Hidekazu Sepulveda, CAAlcoholic Liver Disease
SRCS Van Remmen, Holly Oklahoma City, OKDiabetes and Related Disorders
SRCS Vandenbark, Arthur A Portland, ORBrain Disorders (MS)
RCS Vedantam, Gayatri Tucson, AZInfectious Diseases (C. difficile)
SRCS Verfaellie, Mieke Boston, MAMental Health (Memory)
SRCS Wang, Jian-Ying Baltimore, MDGut Permeability
SRCS Webster, Nicholas J San Diego, CADiabetes (Insulin Receptor Gene)
RCS Wu, Mack Tampa, FLSurgery (Sepsis)
RCS Wu, Xue-Ru New York, NYCancer (Bladder)
RCS Wyatt, Todd A Omaha, NELung (Alcohol and Smoking)
SRCS Wyss-Coray, Tony Palo Alto, CANeurodegenerative Diseases (AD)
RCS Xu, Xiao-Ming Indianapolis, INSpinal cord injury
RCS Yang, Tianxin Salt Lake City, UTRenal Hypertension
RCS Zaheer, Asgar Columbia MONeurodegenerative Diseases (PD, AD, MS, Glial signaling)
RCS Zhang, Huang-Ge Louisville, KYCancer (Immunology)
RCS Zhou, Huiping Richmond, VALiver Disorders

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