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Research Service at VA Greater Los Angeles is one of the largest research programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs, with veterans benefiting from a variety of research programs in many significant ways. This service operates under the governance of the VA Office of Research & Development (ORD) at VA Central Office.

Our Research Programs & Leadership

Research Service at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is configured into four independent research service units in a broad spectrum of medical fields and services that directly affects Veteran health care. This service operates under the governance of the VA Office of Research & Development (ORD) at VA Central Office. Research is conducted at the West Los Angeles Medical Center and the Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home campuses, and the program is managed administratively from offices at both campuses.

Research Service at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System is governed by the Research & Development Committee, and led by:


Research team


Research Service supports the VA’s mission by conducting a broad-based research program of scientific investigation relevant to the diagnosis, delivery of care, clinical practice, and treatment of diseases affecting Veterans by:

  • Enhancing excellence in clinician training with multidisciplinary research programs;
  • Helping to create a professionally attractive environment that factors the recruitment, retention, and professional growth of high-quality researchers and support staff;
  • Providing cost-effective, efficient, and automated processes that help to reduce the administrative burden of conducting research at GLA; and
  • Creating a collaborative learning environment for researchers, administration, and support staff.


To accomplish our mission, we host research within Clinical Science, Biomedical Laboratory, Health Services, and Rehabilitation Research fields which:

  • Fosters diagnosis, treatments, and curing disease;
  • Translates original interventions to real-time clinical medicine;
  • Develops efficient and effective mechanisms of delivery of care; and
  • Creates an environment where healthcare encounters are transformed into research opportunities.  

Research Service has accomplished Investigators and research staff at the West Los Angeles and Sepulveda campuses of GLA and thus Research Service is handled administratively from both campuses.

Explore VA Greater Los Angeles research studies, initiatives, and specialty programs:

For more information about volunteering in VA studies, visit ORD’s Participating in VA Research FAQ.

If you are interested in participating in a research study, please review the specific Veteran-centric research that is currently ongoing at GLA listed below and contact:

Investigator Services, Call 310-268-4754


Research Centers

Training and Education

We offer clinician training with multidisciplinary research programs. Our advanced fellowship programs integrate education and mentoring activities, while allowing for innovative and cross-cutting research experience. The fellowship programs offer post-residency, post-doctoral, and post-graduate fellowships to physicians, dentists, and associated health professionals, including psychologists, social workers, epidemiologists, medical anthropologists, and pharmacists.

Work With Us

We offer jobs and career opportunities in many fields, including clinical, administrative, and research support professions. You can visit USAJOBS to see the current openings at the Los Angeles VA Medical Center and elsewhere in the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Work With Us | VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care | Veterans Affairs

Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA)

An IPA is used when there is a need of a qualified applicant with specific skills that is working for one eligible agency to be assigned to work on a program or project at another agency that has a need for these skills. Intergovernmental Personnel Act (*Links outside of VA

Preparing an IPA Agreement for Mobility Requests

Review the IPA Instructions and submit the completed supplemental documents at least 90 days (3 months) prior to your needed start date.


  1. IPA Cover Letter Memo (Download PDF below)
  2. Office of Inspector General (OIG) Exclusion Search Results *Links outside of VA
  3. CV/Resume of Applicant
  4. Cost Summary Worksheet (document template available via email request)
  5. IPA Assignment Agreement OF69 Form *Links outside of VA


For any questions regarding IPAs, contact Ms. Nui Brown at If you have questions about the IPA submission process, email


Without Compensation (WOC) Employee

Individuals requiring WOC appointments include students, university employees, non-paid interns, fellows, residents, other non-VA employees working at VA sites, volunteers, and visiting scientists who are not compensated by the VA for their employment but are paid through other funding mechanisms.


About WOC Applications

  1. New WOC Applications are for employees who are applying for the first time Download the New WOC Application below
  2. WOC Renewals are for employees who have previously had a WOC appointment which has expired. Download the WOC Renewal Application below


For any questions regarding WOC Applications, contact or

Contact Us

Research and Development VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VISN 22)

West Los Angeles Research Office

11301 Wilshire Boulevard, Building 114

Los Angeles, CA, 90073


Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center Research Office

16111 Plummer Street, Building 1

North Hills, CA 91343



Hours of Operation:

The programs within Research & Development operate during normal business hours (8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.), Monday – Friday.

If you are unable to find the information you are looking for from this site, feel free to contact the R&D Office using the information above.