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BLR&D and CSR&D 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

BLR&D/CSR&D Research Career Scientist Awards

Updated October 1, 2018




Research Area

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

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