Health Services Research & Development

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HSR&D Mission

The VA Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) pursues research that underscores all aspects of VA healthcare: patient care, care delivery, health outcomes, cost, and quality. HSR&D research also addresses critical issues for Veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with conditions that may require care over their lifetimes. Within VA HSR&D, researchers focus on identifying and evaluating innovative strategies that lead to accessible, high quality, cost-effective care for Veterans and the nation.

HSR&D is an intramural research program funding eligible VA clinician and non-clinician investigators to address VA healthcare priorities that ultimately help to improve healthcare for Veterans and the nation.

HSR&D also supports education and career development for VA clinician and non-clinician scientists through the VA Office of Research and Development's Career Development Program, which includes post-doctoral awards that provide full salary support, allowing awardees to pursue an intensive period of mentored health services research and training.