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Research and Development: Funding Opportunities

The VA’s Office of Research & Development in Washington, D.C offers funding opportunities to those internal VA researchers or affiliates holding a 5/8ths or more joint appointment.

Access to some RFA information is only available through the VA intranet using a VA computer or approved remote access.  Externally accessible links are provided for additional information.

To accept VA funding, Academic Affiliate’s must agree to accept a VA paid appointment of at least 25 hours per week (5/8th).

For more information on VA funding please contact the Research Service Office

Funding Resources:

Extramural Funding

Veterans Research and Education Foundation


The Veterans Research & Education (VREF) foundation is a 501c3 non-profit corporation whose mission is to facilitate biomedical research and education benefiting Veterans at the Eastern Oklahoma VA Healthcare System (EOVAHCS).  EOVAHCS extramural research is processed through VREF-151.

In 1988 Congress passed Public Law 100-322 (now codified at section 7361-66 of title 38, United States Code) that allowed Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers to establish nonprofit research corporations (NPCs) to provide flexible funding mechanisms to administer non-VA research funds, forming a unique public/private partnership which dramatically broadened VA’s ability to benefit from private and non-VA public support for research conducted at VA medical centers.

Major Areas of Research:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Health
  • Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Obesity
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vision Loss
  • Women's Health