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Team discussing x-ray results

Extramural Funding for VA Research or Education Through Sponsored Programs

As a critical means of providing the best and most effective care for Veterans, the Veterans Health Administration provides some direct intramural funding for research through its Office of Research and Development.

Extramural funding from a variety of other, non-VA sources is also available to VA scientists through NFFRE, an organization mandated by Congress to expand the VA research program.

Extramural Funding Sources

  • Other federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health

  • Industry sponsors

  • Other non-profit organizations such as The American Heart Association and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

  • Direct donations from the public 

NFFRE Services

NFFRE provides VA researchers with assistance on all aspects of research, for example:

  • Pre-study development

  • VA regulatory requirements

  • Study management


NFFRE research spans all fields of medicine, other fields of health care such as physical therapy, and related biomedical fields such as bioengineering

Doctor and patient and text stating research increases job satisfaction and 46% of Va doctors are involved in research.
A microscope, a neuron, a Veteran being injected, hallway meeting of research staff


In addition to supporting research, NFFRE also provides support for educational programs and conferences for investigators, health care providers, Veterans, and caregivers.  More information about this service coming soon.

NFFRE Resources

Located in the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MR VAMC).  The MR VAMC in Gainesville, Florida, is part of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF/SG VHS), which:

  • Comprises 44 facilities including another medical center in Lake City, a domiciliary, and clinics located throughout 50 counties and Puerto Rico.

  • Employs more than 5,800 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing high-quality care to Veterans residing throughout the North Florida and South Georgia region.

University of Florida (UF) Affiliation

The University of Florida is the official university affiliate of the NF/SG VHS, and many NF/SG researchers have joint appointments with UF. Thus, the affiliation involves a strong research partnership with the UF health system, which embraces research as an integral part of its mission to promote health.


The UF health system comprises the colleges of Dentistry, Engineering, Health and Human Performance, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Health Professions, Veterinary Medicine, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Aerial view of Malcom Randall VAMC

The Malcom Randall VA Medical Center (above) and the University of Florida Academic Health Center and the Shands at UF hospitals (below) are across the street from each other in Gainesville, Florida.

Aerial view of UF Academic Health Center
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