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

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