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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

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

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