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Team discussing x-ray results

Extramural Funding for
VA Research or Education
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, including pre-study development, regulatory requirements, and study management.  Research projects conducted through NFFRE span all fields of medicine, other fields of health care such as physical therapy, and related biomedical fields such as engineering, where research focuses on areas such as imaging and prosthetics

A microscope, a neuron, a Veteran being injected, hallway meeting of research staff

NFFRE Resources

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

  • 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 North Florida and South Georgia.  

Affiliated with the University of Florida (UF)

UF is the official university affiliate of the NF/SG VHS, and many NF/SG researchers have joint appointments with UF. Thus, the affiliation has 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.


In addition to supporting research, NFFRE also provide support for conferences and education programs for investigators, health care providers, Veterans, and caregivers.  More information about this service is being developed.

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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