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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 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 Spiro, III, Avron Boston, MAMental Health (Epidemiology)
SRCS Verfaellie, Mieke Boston, MAMental Health (Memory)
RCS Strecker, Robert Boston, MASleep Disorders
SRCS Pasinetti, Giulio M Bronx, NYNeurodegenerative (AD,ALS,GWI)
RCS Hazlett, Erin Bronx, NYMental Health (Sz)
RCS Hioe, Catarina E Bronx, NYInfectious Diseases (HIV)
RCS Haghighi, Fatemeh Bronx, NYEpigenetics (TBI, depression, suicidal behavior)
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 Alrefai, Waddah A Chicago, ILBile Acid Transport
SRCS Dudeja, Pradeep K Chicago, ILGastroenterology (Ion transport)
RCS Feinstein, Douglas L Chicago, ILBrain Disorders (MS)
RCS Pahan, Kalipada Chicago, ILNeurodegenerative disorders (CNS Cell Signaling Animal Models)
SRCS Pandey, Subhash C Chicago, ILSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
RCS Rana, Ajay Chicago, ILPancreatic and Breast Cancer Pathogenesis
RCS Rasenick, Mark Chicago, ILNeuropsychiatry
RCS Hay, Nissim Chicago, ILCancer metabolism/therapy
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 Rather, Philip N Decatur, GAInfectious Diseases (Acinetobacter Baumannii)
RCS Merlin, Didier Decatur, GAGastroenterology (IBS)
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 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 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)
RCS Chen, Jin Nashville, TNCancer (Lung)
RCS Joyce, Sebastian Nashville, TNInfectious Diseases (TB immunology)
SRCS Pozzi, Ambra Nashville, TNKidney Disorders
SRCS Richmond, Ann Nashville, TNCancer (Immunology)
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 Greenwood-Van Meerveld, Beverley Oklahoma City, OKVisceral Pain
SRCS Lovallo, William R Oklahoma City, OKAddictive Disorders (Multigenerational studies)
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 Fan, Jie Pittsburgh, PASurgery (Shock)
SRCS Chen, Jun Pittsburgh, PABrain Disorders (Stroke, TBI)
SRCS Crabbe, John Portland, ORAlcohol Use Disorders
SRCS Richards, Tamara Portland, ORSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
SRCS Janowsky, Aaron J Portland, ORSubstance Use Disorders (Methamphetamine)
SRCS Vandenbark, Arthur A Portland, ORBrain Disorders (MS)
RCS Riscoe, Michael K Portland, ORInfectious Diseases (Malaria)
RCS Zhou, Huiping Richmond, VALiver 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
SRCS Webster, Nicholas J San Diego, CADiabetes (Insulin Receptor Gene)
SRCS Squire, Larry R San Diego, CAMental Health (Memory)
SRCS Jarvis, Gary San Francisco, CAInfectious Diseases (Neisseria)
RCS Lau, Yun-Fai Chris San Francisco, CACancer (Prostate)
RCS Liu, Jialing San Francisco, CABrain Disorders (Stroke)
SRCS Dahiya, Rajvir San Francisco, CACancer (Prostate)
RCS Chang, Wenhan San Francisco, CANeuroendocrine functions
SRCS Ford, Judith M San Francisco, CAMental Health (Schizophrenia)
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)
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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