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The mission of the jointly-HSR&D/CSR&D-funded SPRINT is to accelerate VA suicide prevention research to improve care and reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors among Veterans. SPRINT serves as a national collaborative network of VHA researchers and operations partners, and seeks to maintain up-to-date information about VA suicide prevention research and operations projects, collaborate with VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention to identify research priorities, facilitate development of innovative research proposals though a planning award mechanism and field-based meetings, and foster professional development among suicide prevention researchers.

The Principal Investigators of SPRINT are:

  • Steven Dobscha, MD (Corresponding PI, HSRD), VA Portland Health Care System; HSRD Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC); Information Management, Portfolio and Evidence Review
  • Brian Marx, PhD (Corresponding PI, CSRD), VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD; Precision Medicine
  • Marianne Goodman, MD, James J Peters VA Medical Center, VISN 2 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC); Data, Methods and Clinical Trials
  • Richard Owen, MD, VA Central Arkansas Healthcare System (VACAHS), Community and Veteran Engagement and Implementation
  • Mark Ilgen, PhD, VA Ann Arbor, Center for Clinical Management (CCMR); Education and Training
  • Alejandro Interian, PhD, VA New Jersey Healthcare System; Education and Training
  • Nathan Kimbrel, PhD, VA Durham Healthcare System, Mid-Atlantic MIRECC; Biomarkers

Sites currently receiving SPRINT funding Sites currently receiving SPRINT funding

SPRINT’s Partners include:

SPRINT Network Members

As of December 2022, approximately 440 individuals leading or planning active suicide prevention research projects were members of the network. If you have an active or planned suicide prevention research or demonstration project, and are not already on our list, please reach out to tell us about it!

Collaborators for Multi-site Projects

SPRINT has a list of researchers and facilities interested in potentially collaborating on suicide prevention research projects. SPRINT encourages you can contact us if you would like information on potential collaborators, or to volunteer your site. We will provide this list to investigators whom may contact you to discuss collaboration opportunities. We are particularly interested in identifying potential sites from the Midwest and South, but all potential sites are welcome!

If your facility/program would be potentially interested in participating as a site for a multi-site suicide prevention research project, or if you would like access to the existing list, please email

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Suicide Prevention Trials Database

VA's Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) is pleased to announce the launch of the Suicide Prevention Trials Database (SPTD). Learn more

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