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VA/STARRS-LS Researcher-in-Residence Program

The Office of Research and Development (ORD), through the Suicide Prevention Research Impact NeTwork (SPRINT), is seeking to establish a Researcher-in-Residence Program to allow VA investigators to examine predictors of suicidality and related outcomes using data collected as part of the Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Service – Longitudinal Study (STARRS-LS). The full Request for Applications (RFA) can be found here.

The VA / STARRS Researcher-in-Residence Program seeks to support VA investigators interested in using STARRS-LS data to study suicide risk in Veterans and service members transitioning to civilian life. Residents will work as part of ongoing STARRS teams and have opportunities to develop data analytic skills necessary for research that involves large data sets and will have opportunities to establish a suicide prevention research portfolio that will be useful for other funding opportunities. Residents will serve as co-authors with STARRS investigators and other VA collaborators on scientific publications resulting from the residency. It is intended that research products from the residency will inform suicide prevention endeavors in VA.

Funding commitment from ORD is designed to support 50% effort per year. This is a two-year residency with residents eligible for the second year of funding contingent upon the support of the mentorship team and successful completion of Year 1 residency goals. Annual travel support will be provided for one in-person consultation with the mentorship team and one scientific meeting that involves presentation of research results. VA-salaried investigators should hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent advanced degree, and have at least a 5/8ths VA appointment at VA medical centers or VA-approved site.

Full proposals due from applicants on June 15, 2023 by 8:00PM ET, and the residency would commence October 1, 2023. Please see the full RFA for details

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