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Find Pro is currently available on the VA network only. This new tool that aims to aid in finding information regarding ORD policy related to human, animal, and laboratory research protections.

FIND Pro Empowers Researchers:

  • Returns relevant and rank ordered search results regarding VA research policy, guidance, and FAQs.
  • Provides a portal to ask ORD policy experts questions.As questions are typed, key word searches are being made in the background, and results are presented before the question is even submitted.
  • Offers a mechanism for the researcher to provide feedback that is read and discussed by the FIND Pro team, and escalated to ORD leadership as needed.

Documents Available as of April 2024:

  • VA Directives (160)*
  • VA Handbooks (115)*
  • VHA Directives (409)*
  • VHA Handbooks (19)*
  • ORD Program Guides (15)*
  • ORD Guidance Documents (170)**
  • ORD FAQs (119)
  • ORR KBAs (32)
  • Other Guidance (93)

* Documents automatically validated daily
** Some documents automatically validated daily (61/166)

Finding Answers to Questions

Topics Accepted by FIND Pro

  • Animal Research
  • Human Subjects Research
  • Laboratory Research
  • Research Biosafety
  • Research Ethics
  • Research Information Security
  • Research Oversight
  • Research Privacy
  • Research Records

Limited Topics Accepted by FIND Pro

  • Funding Applications
  • Human Resources
  • Purchasing
  • SOPs- Local or Affiliate
  • Travel

If you have a question for the Office of Research and Development dealing with ORD policy topics, please look for the information in the following order:

  1. Look in FIND Pro for answers to your research related policy questions first.
  2. If you cannot find an answer in the hundreds of searchable documents within FIND Pro, please ask a question within the FIND Pro tool and it with be routed to the correct subject matter expert.
  3. Ask your local research office.  If you are not sure who to ask, please see a current list of Associate Chiefs of Staff for R&D (ACOS/R&D) and Administrative Officers (AO) at VA Medical Centers.

Check It Out!

Open FIND Pro.

First time users - accept permissions for FIND Pro to connect to your Office 365 Outlook Account, and SharePoint Account. This is safe and has been approved by the OI&T VIPR team. Further instructions (VA network access only) can be read.

See for yourself how FIND Pro works. If you need help or would like more information email the FIND Pro support team.

Office Hours

Join meetings below via Microsoft Teams Recurring
If you'd like a calendar invitation, please request it via email to the FIND Pro support team.

2nd Wednesday of every odd month at 3pm EST - Join the meeting now

2nd Tuesday of every even month at 12:00 EST - Join the meeting now

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Any health information on this website is strictly for informational purposes and is not intended as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat any condition.