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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 Olszewski, Michal A. Ann Arbor, MILung Immunology
SRCS Caldwell, Ruth B. Augusta, GADiabetic Retinopathy
SRCS Dong, Zheng Augusta, GAKidney Disorders (AKI)
RCS Wang, Jian-Ying Baltimore, MDGut Permeability
RCS Chen, Yabing Birmingham, ALCardiovascular Disease
SRCS Spiro, III, Avron Boston, MAMental Health (Epidemiology)
SRCS Verfaellie, Mieke Boston, MAMental Health (Memory)
SRCS Strecker, Robert E. Brockton, MASleep Disorders
RCS Pasinetti, Giulio M. Bronx, NYNeurodegenerative (AD,ALS,GWI)
RCS Hazlett, Erin A. Bronx, NYMental Health (Sz)
RCS Hioe, Catarina E. Bronx, NYInfectious Diseases (HIV)
RCS Haghighi, Fatemeh G. Bronx, NYEpigenetics (TBI, depression, suicidal behavior)
SRCS Fliesler, Steven J. Buffalo, NYSensory Loss (Vision)
RCS Ergul, Adviye Charleston, SCCerebral Circulation
SRCS Becker, Howard C. Charleston, SCAlcohol Use Disorders
RCS Shiromani, Priyattam J. Charleston, SCSleep Disorders
RCS Rasenick, Mark Chicago, ILNeuropsychiatry
SRCS Pandey, Subhash C. Chicago, ILSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
SRCS Hay, Nissim Chicago, ILCancer metabolism/therapy
SRCS Alrefai, Waddah Chicago, ILBile Acid Transport
SRCS Dudeja, Pradeep K. Chicago, ILGastroenterology (Ion transport)
SRCS Cushion, Melanie T. Cincinnati, OHInfectious Diseases (Pneumocystis)
SRCS Peachey, Neal S. Cleveland, OHSensory Loss (Vision)
SRCS Mohan, Rajiv R. Columbia, MOSensory Loss (Vision)
RCS Chandrasekar, Bysani Columbia, MOCardiovascular Disease
SRCS Zaheer, Asgar Columbia, MONeurodegenerative Diseases (PD, AD, MS, Glial signaling)
SRCS Shafer, William M. Decatur, GAInfectious Disease (Gonococcal Infection)
RCS Rather, Philip N. Decatur, GAInfectious Diseases (Acinetobacter Baumannii)
RCS Merlin, Didier Decatur, GAGastroenterology (IBS)
RCS Tregellas, Jason Denver, COMental Health (Schizophrenia)
RCS Mateika, Jason H. Detroit, MILung Disorders (Apnea)
RCS Rishi, Arun Detroit, MICancer (Breast)
SRCS Kowluru, Anjan Detroit, MIDiabetes (Beta cells)
RCS Beckham, Jean C. Durham, NCMental Health (PTSD, SUDs)
RCS Bellido, Teresita Indianapolis, INBone biology/osteocytes
RCS 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)
RCS Lau, K. H. 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 Ahmad, Nihal Madison, WICancer (Skin)
RCS Hasty, Karen A. Memphis, TNMusculoskeletal Disorders (OA)
RCS El-Rifai, Wael Miami, FLCancer (gastric)
SRCS Ahmed, Khalil Minneapolis, MNCancer (Prostate)
SRCS Chen, Jin Nashville, TNCancer (Lung)
SRCS Richmond, Ann Nashville, TNCancer (Immunology)
SRCS Pozzi, Ambra Nashville, TNKidney Disorders
RCS Joyce, Sebastian Nashville, TNInfectious Diseases (TB immunology)
RCS Wu, Xue-Ru New York, NYCancer (Bladder)
SRCS Van Remmen, Holly Oklahoma City, OKDiabetes and Related Disorders
SRCS Lovallo, William R. Oklahoma City, OKAddictive Disorders (Multigenerational studies)
SRCS Richardson, Arlan G. Oklahoma City, OKBiology of Aging
RCS Greenwood, Beverley Oklahoma City, OKVisceral Pain
SRCS Davis, John S. Omaha, NEEndocrine Disorders
RCS Wyatt, Todd A. Omaha, NELung (Alcohol and Smoking)
RCS Wyss-Coray, Tony Palo Alto, CANeurodegenerative Diseases (AD)
RCS Azhar, Salman Palo Alto, CADiabetes and Related Disorders (NAFLD)
SRCS Chen, Jun Pittsburgh, PABrain Disorders (Stroke, TBI)
RCS Fan, Jie Pittsburgh, PASurgery (Shock)
SRCS Crabbe, John C. Portland, ORAlcohol Use Disorders
SRCS Richards, Tamara J. Portland, ORSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
SRCS Janowsky, Aaron J. Portland, ORSubstance Use Disorders (Methamphetamine)
RCS Vandenbark, Arthur A. Portland, ORBrain Disorders (MS)
RCS Zhou, Huiping Richmond, VALiver Disorders
SRCS Gao, Allen Sacramento, CACancer (Prostate)
SRCS Yang, Tianxin Salt Lake City, UTRenal Hypertension
SRCS Strong, Randy San Antonio, TXBiology of Aging
RCS Ghosh-Choudhury, Goutam San Antonio, TXKidney Disorders
RCS 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)
RCS Liu, Jialing San Francisco, CABrain Disorders (Stroke)
SRCS Ford, Judith M. San Francisco, CAMental Health (Schizophrenia)
RCS Dahiya, Rajvir San Francisco, CACancer (Prostate)
RCS Cecchini, Gary San Francisco, CAMitochondrial Diseases
SRCS Siegel, Jerome M. Sepulveda, CASleep Disorders
RCS Szymusiak, Ronald S. Sepulveda, CASleep Disorders
RCS Tsukamoto, Hidekazu Sepulveda, CAAlcoholic Liver Disease
RCS Wu, Mack H. Tampa, FLSurgery (Sepsis)
RCS Mohapatra, Shyam S. Tampa, FLNanotherapeutics (RSV,Cancer)
RCS Mohapatra, Subhra Tampa, FLCancer (Colon) & TBI
SRCS Kindy, Mark S. Tampa, FLNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD, PD, TBI)
RCS Chalfant, Charles E. Tampa, FLCancer (NSCLC)
SRCS Crawford, Fiona Tampa, FLBrain Disorders (AD & TBI & GWI)
RCS Bickford, Paula C. Tampa, FLNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD, PD, TBI)
RCS Vedantam, Gayatri Tucson, AZInfectious Diseases (C. difficile)
SRCS Tache, Yvette F. West Los Angeles, CAGut-Brain Axis
SRCS Brecha, Nicholas West Los Angeles, CASensory Loss (Vision)
SRCS Gukovskaya, Anna S. West Los Angeles, CAPancreatitis

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