Rehabilitation Research & Development Service (RR&D)

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RR&D Mission Statement:

RR&D's mission is to generate knowledge and innovations to advance the rehabilitative health and care of Veterans and the nation. In support of this mission, RR&D strives to effectively integrate preclinical, clinical and applied rehabilitation research and translate research results into practice. In accordance with this mission RRD:

  •  sustains a superior environment of inquiry conducive to the highest quality research education and patient care

  •  capitalizes on VHA's value as a national research asset

  •  leads and manage an effective and efficient rehabilitation research enterprise

  •  increases awareness and understanding of VHA's research contributions in the field of rehabilitation

Merit Award proposals

Proposals submitted to RR&D may include preclinical, clinical or applied rehabilitation research with strong implications for translation into clinical practice to advance the rehabilitative health care of Veterans. Study areas appropriate for review by the RR&D service include: injuries, disorders and diseases with the potential to cause long term impairment and disability in the Veteran population; rehabilitation interventions and techniques designed to maximize motor, sensory, and psychological recovery; and endpoints that include functional outcomes of study subjects. Proposals are reviewed by Subcommittees called Scientific Review Groups (SRGs). Read a description of the research portfolio associated with each SRG and the types of applications they review.

Funded Studies

The Office of Research and Development maintains a list of funded VA research project by fiscal year on its website at

The NIH RePORTER tool ( can be used to search for most research projects funded by RR&D. Any RR&D funded project that has been submitted and reviewed through NIH's Electronic Research Administration (eRA) can be found in NIH RePORTER. However, funded projects that were reviewed prior to the eRA transition or certain special funding mechanisms that are not processed using eRA will not appear in the query results. Learn more about using the NIH RePORTER tool for RR&D funded studies. Another source for RR&D clinical trials is

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