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Centralized Positions: GS-14 & Above

The VA Office of Research and Development (ORD) evaluates research scientist positions funded by ORD for assignment at General Schedule (GS)-14 and above. This covers Title 5 and Title 38 hybrid research scientists including appointments in Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development Service (BLR&D), Clinical Sciences Research and Development Service (CSR&D), Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D), Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), and the Cooperative Studies Program (CSP).

Refer to Program Guide 1200.03: Centralized Positions of Research Scientists, GS-14 and Above, and the documents provided here for guidance regarding the submission and approval of these positions. This program is distinct from the Research Career Scientist program (see Reasearch Career Scientist Program Guide 1200.20).


Instructions for Preparation and Submission for Title 5 Position Nominations

Instructions and Required Documentation for Hybrid Title 38 Occupations

OPM Research Grade Evaluation Guide

OF8: Position Description

Human Resources document - Request for HT38 Promotion Above Full Performance Level Template

HT38 Functional Statement Template

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(02/07/23) Centralized Posistions Overview and Updates

Contact information:


Carol Fowler, Ph.D.


Eric Enone


Tiffany Asqueri

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