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VA - 2019 - Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameRehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review BoardAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2019
Original Establishment Date5/12/1995Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date4/21/2020Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Health Science Specialist
Date Of Renewal Charter4/21/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tiffany
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Asqueri
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixMBA
Specific Establishment Authority*38 USC 7303Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 443-5757
Effective Date Of Authority*8/18/1978Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 495-6197
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*tiffany.asqueri@va.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The purpose of the Board and its Subcommittees is to provide high quality scientific peer review of proposed projects to improve the health and health care of our Nation’s Veterans. These projects examine potential interventions that promote GREATER CHOICE of rehabilitation treatments matched to the clinical needs and preferences of the Veteran, enhance community care by improving relationships between the Veteran and their healthcare providers, IMPROVE TIMELINESS OF CARE BY EXAMINNG TECHNOLOGIES AND PLATFORMS to reduce barriers to ACCESS for Veterans with disabilities, work to reduce Veteran homelessness and suicide risk, and provide job training to Veterans to SUPPORT THEIR HEALTH, WELL-BEING AND INDEPENDENCE THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFE JOURNEY.

In 2020, the Board reviewed 487 proposals for scientific, programmatic and technical excellence. The Board accomplishes its work assisted by an information technology platform developed by the National Institutes of Health, thus conforming to the VA Strategic Goals to MODERNIZE SYSTEMS. Each proposal was individually reviewed by at least three interdisciplinary panel members; a summary of discussions/recommendations and a summary statement of the assigned reviewer critiques from the Board was prepared for each proposal. Board recommendations have resulted in improved research plans.

The Board advises the Director, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service and the Chief Research and Development Officer, on the scientific and technical merit, mission relevance, originality, protection of animal and human subjects, especially for those at risk of suicide, and feasibility of rehabilitation research proposals. Duplicate and unnecessary research was avoided. The Board merit review promotes ACCOUNTABILITY by ensuring effective allocation of RR&D resources, ensuring that research selected for funding has the greatest potential to ultimately strengthen foundational services in VA, and identifying areas for special oversight in funded projects. In addition, post-meeting briefings solicit important feedback for ongoing improvement of overall meeting processes. The annual comprehensive report provides TRANSPARENCY of all meeting actions and associated costs. All Board recommendations and comments were considered by the Director and only the most scientifically meritorious projects were funded.

For additional details on the purpose and areas of FY2020 funding along with connections to the VA Strategic Goals, please see each Subcommittee meeting's description/purpose.
How is membership balanced?*The Board is representative of a variety of scientific, technical and medical disciplines in the area of neurological dysfunction/spinal cord injury; restoration rehabilitation surgery; orthopedic/vascular; amputations/prosthetics/orthotics; communicative, cognitive and sensory aids; spinal cord injury; schizophrenia; geriatric rehabilitation; outcomes studies; dementia and aging. Among the members are biomechanical engineers, surgeons, psychiatrists, research methodologists, audiologists, speech pathologists, neurologists, psychologists and other experts, as well as representatives of Veteran service organizations. The points of view are reflected to provide interdisciplinary expertise needed to coincide with Rehabilitation Research and Development priority areas. The Board is diverse in its ethnic/racial/gender and geographic composition.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Board and its Subcommittees will meet up to 2 times per year. In-person and teleconference review meetings are held locally in the Washington, D.C. area or virtually via WebEx platform in late summer and mid-winter; editorial reviews (mail-in only) are held in mid-fall and mid-spring. The purpose of each session is to review all proposals submitted in March, June, September, and December of each year. Also, there are occasions in which ad hoc reviews are held at different times in response to special solicitations. Members also provide technical assistance on other issues, such as preparation and review of five-year plans, site visits and small (pilot) projects.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Submitted proposals are of a highly scientific and technical nature and involve the application of medical research to rehabilitation. Board members are experts in their respective fields and are currently involved in state-of-the-art research in rehabilitation. Staff does not have the highly technical, scientific and collective interdisciplinary knowledge required to evaluate and make decisions as to the scientific and technical validity of these projects.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings are partially closed because of the confidential nature of the proposals being reviewed and the integrity of the peer review process. Scientific proposals contain research ideas original to the applicants and do not become public until they are printed in scientific journals.
Recommendation RemarksIn 2020, Federal Staff Support Years remained at the same level as 2019. RR&D established Subcommittees in December 2019, therefore in 2020, RR&D hosted two Board meetings (Parent Committee) in addition to its Subcommittee scientific review meetings.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThis process encourages increased collaboration and communication with other experts engaged in similar research efforts.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Board also provides recommendations that include cost-saving measures and avoidance of duplicate funding and poor quality research. The interdisciplinary expertise among Board and Subcommittee members replaces the huge cost of providing a large and highly scientific/technical interdisciplinary staff needed to provide this expertise within the VA.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe interdisciplinary expertise among Board and Subcommittee members replaces the huge cost of providing a large and highly scientific/technical interdisciplinary staff needed to provide this expertise within the VA. Cost saving comes from funding only the most meritorious research projects.Grants Review CommentThe research proposals reviewed by the Board are internal to VA and are not considered grants to outside entities.
Number Of Recommendations*5,217Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is a total of proposals and programs funded from FY 2003 through FY 2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*90.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Board's scientific and technical reviews and comments are usually followed by the Director of Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, and the Chief Research and Development Officer of the Office of Research and Development. Funding of all research projects is only possible if sufficient funds are available within the Service's budget.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentN/A (see above)Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Feedback is provided in the minutes distributed to the Board and in communications with members regarding their specific proposal summaries of discussion and summary statements provided to principal investigators.Narrative Description*The Board advises the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Director and the Chief Research and Development Officer in VHA on the scientific and technical merit, mission relevance, originality, protection of human and animal subjects, and the feasibility of proposals reviewed. Advice from the Board results in the funding of programs and research projects that support the mission of the VA, which is to promote functional independence and improve the quality of life for Veterans.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$29,100.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$29,973.00
Payments to Federal Members*$19,921.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$20,519.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$1,005,557.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$1,035,668.00
Payments to Consultants*$50,850.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$52,376.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$28,276.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$29,124.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$5,731.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$5,903.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$31,383.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$32,339.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$25,593.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$26,361.00
Other Costs$11,603.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$11,951.00
Total Costs$1,208,014.00Est. Total Next FY*$1,244,214.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*7.80Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*7.80
Cost RemarksPayments to Federal Staff were adjusted to reflect ACMO's formula for determining Federal Officials participation or work time associated with the Scientific Merit Review Board and with the OPM 2020 General Schedule (GS) and Locality Pay Tables for RR&D staff time associated with the Scientific Merit Review Board. All costs for the RR&D Scientific Merit Review Board - both Parent Committee and its Subcommittees - are reflected in this record.Est Cost Remarks
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Applied Science
Engineering
Food and Drugs
Biotechnology
Food and Drugs
Medical Devices
Health
Health Care
Hospitals
Medical Education
Medical Practitioners
Treatment
Aging
Medicine
Diseases
Health and Health Research
Illnesses
Medicine and Dentistry
Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation and Disability
Research
Research and Development
Science and Technology
Innovation
Science and Technology
Veterans
Benchmark and Clinical Trials Research Studies
Veterans and Veterans' Medical Care
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - SUBCOMMITTEES

SUBCOMMITTEES

Committee

Subcommittees

ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036785Behavioral Health & Social Reintegration2020
 COM-036782Brain Health & Injury2020
 COM-036788Career Development Program2020
 COM-036791Centers/REAPs2020
 COM-036787Chronic Medical Conditions & Aging2020
 COM-036783Musculoskeletal Health & Function2020
 COM-036781Regenerative Rehabilitation2020
 COM-036786Rehabilitation Engineering & Prosthetics/Orthotics2020
 COM-036784Sensory Systems & Communication Disorders2020
 COM-036796Small Projects in Rehabilitation Research (SPiRE)2020
 COM-036790Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders & Neuropathic Pain2020
 COM-036795VA-ORD Historically Black College and University Research Scientist Training Program Award2020
Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035939Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2019
 COM-033588Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2018
 COM-001228Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2017
 COM-003092Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2016
 COM-003336Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2015
 COM-004561Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2014
 COM-005485Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2013
 COM-006429Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2012
 COM-007591Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2011
 COM-009466Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2010
 COM-010523Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2009
 COM-011377Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2008
 COM-012253Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2007
 COM-012428Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2006
 COM-013416Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2005
 COM-015155Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2004
 COM-015336Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2003
 COM-016365Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2002
 COM-017297Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board2001
 COM-019035Rehabilitation Research and Development Science Scientific Merit Review Board2000
 COM-019255Rehabilitation Research and Development Science Scientific Merit Review Board1999
 COM-020913Rehabilitation Research and Development Science Scientific Merit Review Board1998
 COM-021817Rehabilitation Research and Development Science Scientific Merit Review Board1997