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

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