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BLR&D and CSR&D 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

BLR&D/CSR&D Research Career Scientist Awards

Updated October 1, 2018




Research Area

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

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