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HSR&D Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence (CREATE) Initiative

VA's Office of Research and Development (ORD), Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) developed an innovative funding initiative titled "Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence (CREATE)," which encourages HSR&D investigators to collaborate with VA partners in conducting research on high-priority issues that affect the health and healthcare of Veterans.

CREATE is defined by a group of coordinated research projects conducted in a focused research area by independent, collaborating investigators and VA partner(s) who may be local, regional, or national clinical, operations, or other healthcare system stakeholders. Each individual CREATE research project is scientifically meritorious and addresses a distinct but complementary area of investigation. Interrelated research projects are designed to demonstrate that collaboration and coordination of efforts will produce deliverables and new knowledge that offer a distinct advantage over pursuing individual projects separately.

HSR&D is pleased to announce the funded CREATEs that target critical areas of interest for Veterans healthcare, including post-traumatic stress disorder, long-term care, women's health, pain management, patient-aligned care teams, and substance use disorders. See below for descriptions of each funded CREATE, as well as individual CREATE projects.