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Funding Opportunities

Competitive research funding supports our mission to advance the quality and equity of health and health care for Veterans through rigorous health services research, collaborations, and partnerships with operations and policy shareholders.

HSR Pilot and Merit Review Funding Applications

CHERP provides administrative assistance and support for our investigators in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh who are planning to submit applications for VA HSR funding opportunities in June and August. VA HSR Pilots provide up to $200,000 of support over two years. HSR Merit Reviews provide up to $1.2 million over three — four years. For individual guidance for CHERP Pittsburgh investigators, please contact Kelly Burkitt, PhD, at CHERP Philadelphia investigators may contact Anneliese Sorrentino, MSS ( The VA Intranet has proposal guidelines and templates here:

Dr. Eugene Marsh CHERP Pilot Program

Deadline: July 1, 2024

CHERP invites VISN4 investigators to apply for up to $25,000-$40,000 for pilot project support. This program supports preliminary projects that will inform future, larger HSR applications, and other Veteran-centric research or quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Investigators are encouraged to submit pilot projects that align with at least one of CHERP's 3 Impact Goals or Additional Contribution Areas as articulated in our COIN renewal application:

1. Impact Goal 1: Improve the equity and quality of health and healthcare for marginalized Veteran populations and generate evidence to inform related healthcare policies.
2. Impact Goal 2: Increase the equity, accessibility, safety, and value of clinical therapeutics for Veterans and generate evidence to inform related healthcare policies.
3. Impact Goal 3: Advance the science and real-world application of dissemination and implementation methods to improve the equity and quality of VHA healthcare.
4. Additional Contribution Areas: Long-Term Care & Aging; Primary Care Practice & Complex Chronic Disease

Proposed projects must be of a reasonable size and scope to be completed within FY2025 (October 1, 2024-September 30, 2025). Support for this program is provided by VISN 4.

The deadline for submission of completed applications is July 1, 2024. Funding decisions will be announced in early August 2024.