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Career Development

Under the Research Career Development Program, early-career clinician and non-clinician postdoctoral researchers work under the guidance of experienced VA mentors to develop lines of independent research. Candidates for Career Development Awards must be nominated by VA facilities, and are selected through a highly competitive merit review process. Research topics cross the full spectrum of HSR&D portfolio areas, and the CDA awardee is expected to submit a proposal for merit review funding as principal investigator by the third year of his or her five-year award. The institutional support behind each candidate's nomination helps ensure that awardees remain in VA appointments after completing their awards, thereby ensuring a capacity of independent VA investigators capable of conducting high-quality health services research and mentoring the next generation of health services research scientists.

Kara Beck, PhD
Scientific Portfolio Manager
Health Services Research and Development (14RDH)

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