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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 8/1/23




Research Area

RCS Olszewski, Michal Ann Arbor, MILung Immunology
RCS Caldwell, Ruth B Augusta, GADiabetic Retinopathy
RCS Bollag, Wendy Augusta, GAWound healing
SRCS Dong, Zheng Augusta, GAKidney Disorders (AKI)
RCS Colgan, Sean Aurora, COInflamatory bowel diseases, GI disorders
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)
SRCS Spiro, III, Avron Boston, MAMental Health (Epidemiology)
RCS Strecker, Robert Boston, MASleep Disorders
SRCS Pasinetti, Giulio M Bronx, NYNeurodegenerative (AD,ALS,GWI)
RCS Dracheva, Stella Bronx, NYMental health, depressive disorders
SRCS 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 Pahan, Kalipada Chicago, ILNeurodegenerative disorders (CNS Cell Signaling Animal Models)
SRCS Pandey, Subhash C Chicago, ILSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
RCS Shahrara, Shiva Chicago, ILRheumatoid Arthritis, inflamation
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 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 Mohan, Rajiv Columbia, MOSensory Loss (Vision)
RCS Bysani, Chandrasekar Columbia, MOCardiovascular Disease
RCS Merlin, Didier Decatur, GAGastroenterology (IBS)
RCS Madhabushi, Anant Decatur, GAAI, Precision Oncology
SRCS 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)
RCS Kuhn, Donald Detroit, MIChronic effects of TBI, Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
RCS Kimbrel, Nathan A Durham, NCGenomics Research/Suicidality
SRCS Beckham, Jean C Durham, NCMental Health (PTSD, SUDs)
RCS Citron, Bruce East Orange, NJTraumatic Brain Injury, Gulf War Illness
RCS Chen, Suzie East Orange, NJCancer (Melanoma)
RCS Bellido, Teresita IndianapolisBone biology/osteocytes
RCS Allen, Matthew Indianapolis, INBone Remodeling
SRCS Alpini, Gianfranco D Indianapolis, INBiliary Disorders
SRCS Jones, Kathryn J Indianapolis, INSCI Repair
RCS Robling, Alexander Indianapolis, INBone Disorders
SRCS Bishop, Gail A Iowa City, IACancer (Immunology)
RCS Basnakian, Alexi Little Rock, ARKidney Diease
RCS Ho, Shuk-Mei Little Rock, ARCancer (Prostate)
SRCS Shmookler Reis, Robert J Little Rock, ARNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD)
RCS Morris, Andrew Little Rock, ARLipid metabolism (carfiovascular and metabolic disease)
SRCS Mohan, Subburaman Loma Linda, CABone Disorders
RCS Lau, Kin-Hing William Loma Linda, CABone Disorders
RCS Kern, Timothy S Long Beach, CADiabetic Retinopathy
SRCS Said, Hamid M Long Beach, CAGastronterology (Vitamin Transport)
RCS Zhang, Guang-He Louisville, KYBone health
RCS Vemuganti, Raghu Madison, WIStroke
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
RCS Griffith, Thomas Minneapolis, MNSepsis, immune response, urology
RCS Hasty, Alyssa Nashville, TNObesity
SRCS Joyce, Sebastian Nashville, TNInfectious Diseases (TB immunology)
RCS Chen, Jin Nashville, TNCancer (Lung)
RCS Rhoades (Sterling), Julie Nashville, TNCancer (metastatic disease)
SRCS Richmond, Ann Nashville, TNCancer (Immunology)
SRCS Pozzi, Ambra Nashville, TNKidney Disorders
SRCS 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 Singh, Amar B Omaha, NEPTSD-associated gut dysbiosis, IBD
RCS Wyatt, Todd A Omaha, NELung (Alcohol and Smoking)
RCS Casey, Carol A Omaha, NEDigestive Diseases (AFLD)
SRCS Davis, John S Omaha, NEEndocrine Disorders
RCS Dhawan, Punita Omaha, NECancer (colon)
RCS Huang, Ngan Palo Alto, CARegenerative Medicine
SRCS Azhar, Salman Palo Alto, CADiabetes and Related Disorders (NAFLD)
SRCS Wyss-Coray, Tony Palo Alto, CANeurodegenerative Diseases (AD)
RCS Sun, Dandan Pittsburgh, PAStroke, TBI
SRCS Chen, Jun Pittsburgh, PABrain Disorders (Stroke, TBI)
RCS Fan, Jie Pittsburgh, PASurgery (Shock)
SRCS Crabbe, John Portland, ORAlcohol Use Disorders
SRCS Vandenbark, Arthur A Portland, ORBrain Disorders (MS)
RCS Riscoe, Michael K Portland, ORInfectious Diseases (Malaria)
SRCS Richards, Tamara Portland, ORSubstance Use Disorders (Alcohol)
RCS Zhou, Huiping Richmond, VALiver Disorders
SRCS Cowart, Lauren A. Richmond, VAMetabolic Disorders
RCS Gao, Allen C Sacramento, CACancer (Prostate)
SRCS Yang, Tianxin Salt Lake City, UTRenal Hypertension
SRCS Strong, John (Randy) San Antonio, TXBiology of Aging
SRCS Squire, Larry R San Diego, CAMental Health (Memory)
SRCS Webster, Nicholas J San Diego, CADiabetes (Insulin Receptor Gene)
RCS Risbrough, Victoria San Diego, CATBI, PTSD
RCS Head, Brian San Diego, CANeurodegenerative Diseases
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 Ford, Judith M San Francisco, CAMental Health (Schizophrenia)
SRCS Dahiya, Rajvir San Francisco, CACancer (Prostate)
RCS Chang, Wenhan San Francisco, CANeuroendocrine functions
SRCS Cecchini, Gary San Francisco, CAMitochondrial Diseases
RCS Raffai, Robert San Francisco, CADiabetic Atherosclerosis
RCS Kraemer, Brian Seattle, WAAging and neurodegenerative diseases
SRCS Siegel, Jerome M Sepulveda, CASleep Disorders
SRCS Tsukamoto, Hidekazu Sepulveda, CAAlcoholic Liver Disease
SRCS Szymusiak, Ronald S Sepulveda, CASleep Disorders
RCS Aguiar, Ricardo C South Texas VA HCSLymphoma
SRCS Bickford, Paula C Tampa, FLNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD, PD, TBI)
SRCS Chalfant, Charles E Tampa, FLCancer (NSCLC)
RCS Crawford, Fiona Tampa, FLBrain Disorders (AD & TBI & GWI)
SRCS Kindy, Mark S Tampa, FLNeurodegenerative Diseases (AD, PD, TBI)
RCS Wu, Mack Tampa, FLSurgery (Sepsis)
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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