VA's Career Development Program was established to provide mentoring for junior researchers so they can learn from renowned, experienced VA researchers. Awardees from this program have become national and international leaders in their research fields. Awards are provided in all areas of VA's research enterprise: biomedical laboratory, clinical science, health services, and rehabilitation research.
Candidates for Career Development Awards need not have a VA appointment at the time they apply, but must be nominated by a VA facility and must identify an
appropriate VA mentor. The Career Development Program is open to all researchers, both MDs and PhDs, who have the appropriate experience and training.
Nominees should work closely with their sponsoring research office to prepare a Letter of Intent (LOI), which is the first step in the review process. If the LOI is approved, the nominee may prepare an application in accordance with Career Development Program guidelines. The sponsoring VA research office must submit the application on behalf of the nominee. CDA-1 and CDA-2 proposals are submitted through Grants.gov. RFAs are available on the intranet only at http://vaww.research.va.gov/funding/rfa.cfm (copy and paste this link into your browser).
See also Guidelines and Resources
HSR&D CDA Program Manager