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COVID-19 Resources for the HSR&D Research Community

See also

HSR&D Collaborates to Develop VA COVID-19 Social Risks Screening Questions (05/06/20)

COVID in 20 - A 20-minute broadcast series by the VA Community of Practice held on Tuesday and Thursdays. View archive. (* NOTE This is a secured site that can only be accessed from within VA.)

Video: VA's Researchers - a Critical Component in Our Fight Against COVID-19
Dr. Richard Stone delivers message to staff (04/16/20)

HSR&D Weekly Summary Notes on COVID-19 to the Field

* An email announcement of these Summary Notes is sent weekly. If you would like to be added to this mailing list, please send an email to

Rapid Response RFA

HSR&D Rapid Response Projects for Time-Sensitive Topics: COVID-19- Applications received by COB April 6 will be reviewed first, but the opportunity will remain open and subsequent applications will be reviewed on a rolling monthly basis.
See also: Important Information regarding HSR&D RFAs: Change in Submission Dates for Summer 2020 Cycle

Synthesizing Evidence from Publications

Researchers from the HSR&D Evidence Synthesis Program are working with the World Health Organization to help synthesize publications about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, and to translate that information into usable guidance for clinicians. To date, the ESP group has completed three reports: "Risk of Transmitting COVID-19 During Nebulizer Treatment"; "Intensive Care Unit Length of Stay and Ventilation Days"; and "Corticosteroid Therapy & ARDS for COVID-19 Infection." More are in the works. These three reports can be found on The goal is to capture the work of evidence-synthesis groups, like VA's, around the U.S. and the globe and thereby avoid duplication of effort and maximize the contribution of these researchers. The catalog will be maintained by the VA ESP Coordinating Center in Portland, Oregon. New evidence reviews and reviews in progress are identified through literature searching and correspondence with colleagues and content experts. The team has also set up a list-serve to facilitate collaboration among systematic review researchers.

HSR&D Cyberseminars Related to COVID-19

COVID-19 for the VA Research Community

VA ORD SharePoint site - COVID-19 for the VA Research Community (VA network access only) -
FAQs related to COVID-19 - Please thoroughly read the FAQs developed by ORD on the share point site (under ORD Notices and Guidance); they will be updated weekly based on questions we receive from the field. Of special importance is the diagram on project modifications (PMO) at the end of the FAQs.
Note: TEMPORARY changes in Aims, Methods, or PI Effort, in response to COVID-19 do NOT require a Project Modification. However, when budget changes related to COVID-19 need to be executed at this time, submit a PMO. When it is known that a project extension is needed, submit a PMO for review no later than 3-months before the current end date. If you are unclear, please contact your program managers in the individual services.

VA Office of Health Equity Sharepoint Site: COVID-19 Disparities Data

Learn more about VA national and VISN specific racial and ethnic COVID-19 data on the VA Office of Health Equity (OHE) Sharepoint site. (VA network access only)

VA Office of Research Protections, Policy, and Education (ORPPE) Webinars Related to COVID-19

VA Office of Research Oversight

Office of Research Oversight COVID-19 SharePoint site (VA network access only)

Other Internal VA Resources

  • VA Posters and Fact Sheets * NOTE This is a secured site that can only be accessed from within VA
  • Guidance for HR flexibilities for employees impacted by COVID-19 - (Intranet only; if you have intranet access, copy and paste the URL into your browser.)

Department of Veterans Affairs Public Health

COVID-19 Resources from Other Federal Agencies


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