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Research and Development Service - VA Portland HCS

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New grant/project?

Do you have a new grant or project? Don't forget to submit a PPQ to our office.

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Introducing VAIRRS

NEW! Use VAIRRS to submit project documents for committee review.

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Clinical Research Resources

Information to help you navigate clinical Research at VAPORHCS.

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Research and Development (R&D) Service

The VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) currently has over 150 investigators and more than 600 active protocols. In fiscal year 2021, VAPORHCS scientists were successful in competing for over $42 million in research grants from the VA, NIH, DOD and other sources. The VAPORHCS ranks in the top 6 among all VAs nationwide in total research funding. Research is conducted in a total of 98,000 square feet of wet and dry lab space that supports programs in basic science, clinical research, rehabilitation, health services, cooperative studies, epidemiology and outcomes research. Investigator initiated independent research programs represent the majority of research activities at the Portland VA. The established research programs reflect the special needs and interests of Veterans treated at this medical center. The VAPORHCS has been fortunate to receive several large grants that reflect the critical mass of scientists who have assembled here to investigate important diseases.

New grant/project?


Clinical Research

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A Proposed Project Questionnaire (PPQ) must be submitted to our office at the time of grant submission. To initiate a PPQ please click here: PPQ

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NEW! The VA Innovation and Research Review System (VAIRRS) is the VA's enterprise instance of IRBNet. VAIRRS will be used by all VA medical centers with research programs and will provide an enterprise platform to support the management of research oversight committees. The transition to this new online submission and review system began in October 2020. As of September 2021, all 106 VA research sites have been onboarded with the support of the Office of Research Protections, Policy, and Education (ORPP&E). To access the new platform click here: VAIRRS

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Information geared to help you navigate clinical Research at VAPORHCS. Please visit the clinical research resources webpage at: Clinical Research Resources

This web site is for research investigators and research staff at the VA Portland Health Care System.
Veterans, investigators, and research staff: we value your input about research at the VA Portland Health Care System. If you have suggestions about how research is designed or conducted or how results are communicated, please e-mail the Research Administration Office at or call 503-273-5125 and ask for the Administrative Director. Your comments will be shared with the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development.


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