The Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research is the highest honor for VA health services researchers. The Award confers funds for supplementing ongoing peer-reviewed research in the amount of $50,000 per year for up to 3 years, plus a one-time cash award of $5,000. In addition, the Awardee and the Director of the VA Medical Center in which the research is performed receive commemorative plaques, presented at an appropriate venue selected by Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D).
Persons wishing to nominate a candidate should contact the ACOS for Research and Development (R&D) at the candidate’s medical center of employment. Individual VA scientists or members of the following committees may submit nominations: local R&D committees, the Scientific Merit Review Board, or members of the Career Development review panel. No more than one nomination may be submitted by each Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center in a given year. Applications submitted in the previous year, but not selected, are allowed to be re-submitted for consideration.
Completed nomination packets are due by close of business May 5, 2023. These are to be prepared by the ACOS for Research and Development and addressed to the Director, HSR&D, at VA Central Office. For details on preparing an application, please refer to the instructions and HSR&D Program Guide 1204.04. All nominations are to be submitted in single PDF and emailed to Bonnie.BootsMiller@va.gov.
The Awardee is selected by a peer review group, which considers all nominations and forwards one recommendation to the VA Under Secretary for Health for approval. Selection represents exceptional merit with respect to the following criteria:
Please feel free to contact Bonnie BootsMiller with any questions at Bonnie.BootsMiller@va.gov or (319) 383-2746.