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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 March 24, 2023




Research Area

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

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