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For Researchers: HSR&D Awards

Award Guidelines

All HSR&D awards are limited to one nomination per category from any given VA medical center. Awards are eligible for self-nomination, but those electing to self-nominate must inform their Center of Innovation Director, or, if not aligned with a VA HSR&D Center of Innovation, their Associate Chief of Staff for Research.

Nomination packages should be submitted to Karen Sherwood at Karen.sherwood2@va.gov.

Deadline to submit nomination packages extended to November 20.



HSR&D Best Research Paper of the Year

This award is intended to honor a single article or collection of articles resulting from one or more HSR&D- or QUERI-funded investigations. Articles may present, analyze, and comment on new data, or may synthesize and analyze data that have already been collected. Research studies must involve Veterans, and have been funded by HSR&D, QUERI or a VA program operational partner, and may include a component of operations funding. Study results also must:

  • Be important to Veterans' health and care, and to the VA Healthcare System.
  • Include high-visibility research demonstrated through:
    • publication in a high-impact journal,
    • active dissemination of findings, and/or
    • Presentation at a national meeting.
  • Have made a substantial contribution to the field or demonstrate a novel research approach.
  • Articles must have been:
    • peer-reviewed,
    • published in a journal within 12 months prior to the nomination closing date,
    • and cite the author's VA support for the research in question.

Eligibility:

The nominee must be an HSR&D/QUERI funded investigator or a VA funded investigator affiliated with a COIN.

Nomination Materials

  • A formal nomination letter of one single-spaced page or less, stating reasons the nominee should receive the Best Research Paper award.
  • A clean copy of the paper and accompanying citation.
  • Completed nomination package checklist and nomination form that includes current contact information for the nominee.

Award Package

Recipients of the award are honored with the following:

  • A research-related supplement of $5,000.
  • Commemorative plaque.
  • A special dissemination program promoting their receipt of the award, including article highlights on the HSR&D site, an investigator profile, a special Cyberseminar, and a guest author opportunity on the HSR&D Perspectives intranet blog.

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Health System Impact Award

Award Criteria

This award honors HSR&D- and QUERI-funded research (with or without a component of operations funding) that has had a direct and important impact on clinical practice or clinical policy in the VA Healthcare System. Nominations should represent examples of outstanding research that have been successfully translated into VA's policy or operations, or that have otherwise had effective, system-wide implementation. Nominations can be for individual or team achievement.

Eligibility:

The nominee must be an HSR&D/QUERI funded investigator or a VA funded investigator affiliated with a COIN.

Nomination Materials

  • Two letters (each not more than two pages):
    • A letter from a senior VA HSR&D investigator describing the research impact (to include the level, i.e., local, regional, national) and summarizing its value for Veterans health or the VA healthcare system as well as its sustainability (as applicable).
    • A letter from a VA end-user of the research (outside of VA HSR&D) that describes the impact of the work on policy, and/or VA program or operational area.
  • Completed nomination package checklist and nomination form that includes current contact information for the nominee.

Award Package

Recipients of the award are honored with the following:

  • Research-related supplement of $5,000.
  • Commemorative plaque.
  • Long-term special dissemination activities, including a Cyberseminar series, ongoing visibility and dissemination of partnered work on the HSR&D website, and other activities as determined appropriate.

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Daniel Deykin Award for Outstanding Mentor

The Daniel Deykin Award for Outstanding Mentor is presented annually to a VA/HSR&D researcher who exhibits outstanding dedication and skill in mentoring the next generation of researchers, particularly in guiding them toward a comprehensive understanding of the positive impact research can have on Veterans' health. This award was established in 2014 to honor the critical importance of mentorship within VA's health services research community. The Award consists of a one-time research supplement of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and a special dissemination program promoting receipt of the Award. The establishment of this Award honors the legacy of Daniel Deykin, M.D. who served as Director of the Health Services Research & Development Service (HSR&D) from 1988 to 1996. Health services research was a fairly new science at that time, and Dr. Deykin realized that its growth and success depended on mentoring the next generation of HSR&D researchers. In 1990, Dr. Deykin created HSR&D's Career Development Program, to attract, train and retain the best and brightest investigators within the VA healthcare system. His design of the Program incorporated a strong mentoring component with salary support for awardees to enable them to set aside time to develop and expand their research skills, as well as their career. Hundreds of researchers have benefited from the program over the years and the majority of them continue to successfully conduct outstanding health services research to improve the health and care of Veterans in the VA today.

Award Criteria

This award honors outstanding dedication and skill in mentoring the next generation of Health Services researchers. Mentoring activities that may be exemplary of high quality mentoring are listed below and may be mentioned in nomination materials:

  • Guiding mentees toward a comprehensive understanding of research's impact on a unique population (Veterans).
  • Fostering mentee's appreciation and necessity for communication with VA system stakeholders, including Veterans and VHA executive decision-makers.
  • Developing and exposing mentees to career opportunities both internal and external to VA.
  • Supporting a diverse set of mentees over the course of the mentor's career.
  • Creating communities of learners and maintaining ongoing, regular contact with mentees.
  • Serving as a role model in leadership, professionalism, integrity and life balance.

Nomination Materials

  • Curriculum Vitae of nominee. Please include a table of individuals mentored either as part of the CV or as a supplement to the CV. For each individual mentored, the table should reflect:
    • time frame of mentoring
    • rank or role of the mentee during the mentoring (Fellow, Career Development Awardee, Assistant Professor, etc.)
    • relationship to the mentee, if formal (primary mentor, secondary mentor, etc.)
    • reference to products of mentoring (papers, awards, grant applications)
    • current role or academic rank of any former mentee(s)
  • Letter of Nomination from most sucessful former mentee or a colleague of the nominee. The letter should A) summarize the breadth of individuals mentored; and B) should describe observations of the quality of the mentoring and the significance and impact of the mentoring across all those mentored for the VA, for Veterans, and for science and healthcare in general.
  • Two additional letters of support from individuals who were mentored by the nominee in the past. These letters should describe the mentoring relationship and the quality of mentoring using specific examples to illustrate the importance of the mentoring to the mentee's career. Each support letter should demonstrate impact by describing papers, awards and grants, and professional advancement that were attained with guidance or support from the mentor.
  • Completed nomination package checklist and nomination form that includes current contact information for the nominee

Eligibility

This award is open to HSR&D investigators who have received at least one previous HSR&D funded IIR and have demonstrated commitment to fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly, and professional growth of HSR&D investigators through formal (e.g., CDA, fellowship) or informal mentoring (e.g., mentoring on manuscripts or applications for awards and grants). This award is not open to previous recipients of the Under Secretary for Health Award, and only one application per VA Medical Center will be accepted.

Award Package

Recipients of the award are honored with the following:

  • Research-related supplement of $5,000
  • Commemorative plaque
  • A special dissemination program promoting the receipt of the award that might include: article highlights on the HSR&D site, an investigator profile, a special Cyberseminar, a guest author opportunity on the HSR&D Perspectives intranet blog, and other activities as determined appropriate

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