United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VHA Pain Management

Research Resources

Given the high prevalence of pain and associated disability in the veteran population, research addressing the mechanisms, assessment, and management of pain has been designated as a priority by many federal funding agencies.  
VA Office of Research & Development (ORD) The ORD website serves as a resource for VA-funded researchers and research staff to learn about new funding opportunities, updated guidance and deadlines, and other topics of interest. Specific research programs can be accessed through this portal or the links below. Click here to see the latest VA  Solicitations for Research Proposals.    
VA Research Programs:
Other Funding Agencies:
  • Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research *The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (through its Pain Research Council) is encouraging research funding applications in the areas of physician education in pain medicine and in frameworks to evaluate safety, efficacy, competency, and outcomes in patient populations with pain from preclinical to clinical settings.
Peer-Reviewed Pain and Rehabilitation Journals:
  • The Clinical Journal of Pain * This journal explores all aspects of pain and its effective treatment, bringing you the insights of leading anesthesiologists, surgeons, internists, neurologists, orthopedists, psychiatrists and psychologists, clinical pharmacologists, and physical and rehabilitation therapists.  
  • The Journal of Pain * This journal publishes original articles related to all aspects of pain, including clinical and basic research, patient care, education, and health policy.
  • Journal of Pain and Symptom Management * This journal provides the professional with the results of important new research and clinical information related to pain management and palliative care.
  • The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development This VA Journal has been a leading research journal in the field of rehabilitation medicine and technology for over 40 years. Formerly the Bulletin of Prosthetics Research, JRRD debuted in 1983 to include cross-disciplinary findings in rehabilitation. The journal, publishes original research papers, review articles, as well as clinical and technical commentary from U.S. and international researchers on all rehabilitation research disciplines.
  • Headache * This journal publishes original articles on all aspects of head and face pain including communications on clinical and basic research, diagnosis and management, epidemiology, genetics, and pathophysiology of primary and secondary headaches, cranial neuralgias, and pains referred to the head and face.
  • Pain * This journal is the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain and publishes original research on the nature, mechanisms and treatment of pain. The journal provides a forum for the dissemination of research in the basic and clinical sciences of multidisciplinary interest.
  • Pain Medicine * This journal is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to the pain clinician, teacher and researcher.

Other Research Resources:

  • Center for Information Dissemination and Education Resources (CIDER) CIDER is a VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) national Resource Center.  CIDER's mission is to improve the health and care of veterans by disseminating important HSR&D findings and information to policy makers, managers, clinicians, and researchers throughout VA and the broader health care community.

Human Subjects Protection Training  
  • Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams * A free, web-based course developed at the National Institutes of Health for physicians, nurses, and other members of clinical research teams. This online course satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for extramural researchers who wish to obtain federal funds.

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