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VA - 2017 - Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board - Agency Authority
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameJoint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review BoardAgency NameDepartment of Veterans Affairs
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2017
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*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter4/21/2022Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Holly
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Krull
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPh.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*38 USC 7303Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 632-8522
Effective Date Of Authority*5/9/1995Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 495-6156
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*holly.krull@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 Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board supports the central VA mission in advancing Veterans' health in its review of Veteran-centric research applications. Supporting research helps to recruit and retain top clinician-scientists, as well as supports the VA Strategic Goals of improving customer service and implementing the mission action. Applications reviewed by the Board included research on suicide prevention, one of the Top 5 Priorities for the VA. Other high priority topics include traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and opioid abuse. The Board provided expert review of the scientific quality, budget, safety, and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for VA Merit Review funding. The evaluations resulted in recommendations for approval or disapproval, levels and duration of funding, and a priority score reflecting the overall merit of the application. These recommendations were used by the Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board to direct the limited research funds to the most promising VA-relevant projects that will impact the health and health care of Veterans.
How is membership balanced?*The Board must have an appropriate balance of reviewers to evaluate the scientific, technical, and medical aspects of the proposals within the purview of the Board. Collectively, the members must reflect the broad-based scientific expertise required to competently review the research proposals received. The number of Board members is determined by the number and nature of the proposals that are received.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The scientific review function of the Board is performed by 28 standing review panels, which usually meet twice a year--spring and fall--in order to evaluate the scientific merit of research proposals each year. For the current year, there were 57 review panel meetings. In order to assure timely evaluations of research proposals, semi-annual meetings of the review panels are essential.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board is composed of both VA and non-VA scientists, who are nationally and internationally recognized as experts in their respective fields. Local staff does not have the required expertise, and there is no other acceptable way to accomplish the scientific review of Merit Review proposals. The outstanding credentials of the review panels lend credibility to award decisions.
Why close or partially close meetings?The closed portion of the meetings is devoted to the evaluation of research proposals from investigators whose ideas and credentials are discussed freely. These discussions must remain confidential to protect the privacy of the individual investigators and their research ideas.
Recommendation RemarksThe Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board reviewed 912 proposals in FY 2020 in review panel meetings in Washington, DC and Virtual during the November-December 2019 and May-June 2020 time frames.

For FY 2021, the Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board will be restructured to have scientific discipline-specific subcommittees and a parent Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board. The subcommittees will report recommendation and activities twice a year to the parent committee. During FY 2020, all members were parent committee members. Because of the restructuring of the organizational structure, some of the current parent committee members will become subcommittee members. In the future, the Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board reports will reflect both parent and subcommittee membership.

There is no Affiliations Partnership Councils Subcommittee associated with the Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction 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 DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNo other actions
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentThe research proposals reviewed by the Board are internal to VA and are not considered grants to outside entities.
Number Of Recommendations*11,700Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThis is the total number of recommendations for FY 2003 through FY 2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*78.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Board recommended funding for more proposals than funds were available to support.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Each review meeting is informed about the outcome of recommendations at the subsequent meeting.Narrative Description*The Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board supports the central VA mission in advancing Veterans' health in its review of Veteran-centric research applications. Supporting research helps to recruit and retain top clinician-scientists, improving directly employee experience and access to care. The Board provided expert review of the scientific quality, budget, safety, and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for VA Merit Review funding. The evaluations resulted in recommendations for approval or disapproval, levels and duration of funding, and a priority score reflecting the overall merit of the application. These recommendations were used by the Joint Biomedical Laboratory/Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board to direct the limited research funds to the most promising VA-relevant projects.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$24,650.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$27,115.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$98,200.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$108,020.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$27,450.53Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$30,195.58
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$13,152.96Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$14,465.25
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$51,100.90Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$56,210.99
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$94,062.60Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$103,468.86
Other Costs$20,784.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$22,862.00
Total Costs$329,400.99Est. Total Next FY*$362,337.68
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*5.50Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*5.50
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Health
Health Care
Medicine
Diseases
Veterans
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-036873CAMM (cellular and molecular medicine)2020
 COM-036874CARA (cardiovascular)2020
 COM-036852CARB (cardiovascular)2020
 COM-036877DMRS (distinguished medical research scientist)2020
 COM-036860ENDA (endocrinology)2020
 COM-036864ENDB (endocrinology)2020
 COM-036854GAST (gastroenterology)2020
 COM-036847HEMA (hematology)2020
 COM-036869IMMA (immunology)2020
 COM-036861INFA (infectious disease)2020
 COM-036870INFB (infectious disease)2020
 COM-036845KEP2020
 COM-031207Merit Review Subcommittee for Aging and Clinical Geriatrics2020
 COM-032302Merit Review Subcommittee for Cardiovascular Studies-A2020
 COM-030947Merit Review Subcommittee for Cardiovascular Studies-B2020
 COM-031750Merit Review Subcommittee for Cellular and Molecular Medicine2020
 COM-031756Merit Review Subcommittee for Clinical Trials-A2020
 COM-032068Merit Review Subcommittee for Clinical Trials-B2020
 COM-032250Merit Review Subcommittee for Eligibility2020
 COM-032257Merit Review Subcommittee for Endocrinology-A2020
 COM-032030Merit Review Subcommittee for Endocrinology-B2020
 COM-029503Merit Review Subcommittee for Epidemiology2020
 COM-032408Merit Review Subcommittee for Gastroenterology2020
 COM-032059Merit Review Subcommittee for Hematology2020
 COM-031532Merit Review Subcommittee for Immunology and Dermatology-A2020
 COM-032330Merit Review Subcommittee for Infectious Diseases-A2020
 COM-032273Merit Review Subcommittee for Infectious Diseases-B2020
 COM-031347Merit Review Subcommittee for Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences-A2020
 COM-030972Merit Review Subcommittee for Nephrology2020
 COM-030973Merit Review Subcommittee for Neurobiology-A2020
 COM-031753Merit Review Subcommittee for Neurobiology-B2020
 COM-032421Merit Review Subcommittee for Neurobiology-C2020
 COM-032246Merit Review Subcommittee for Neurobiology-D2020
 COM-031751Merit Review Subcommittee for Neurobiology-E2020
 COM-031296Merit Review Subcommittee for Neurobiology-F2020
 COM-029575Merit Review Subcommittee for Neurobiology-R2020
 COM-031677Merit Review Subcommittee for Oncology-A2020
 COM-030170Merit Review Subcommittee for Oncology-B2020
 COM-029155Merit Review Subcommittee for Oncology-C2020
 COM-032384Merit Review Subcommittee for Oncology-D2020
 COM-031648Merit Review Subcommittee for Oncology-E2020
 COM-031379Merit Review Subcommittee for Pulmonary Medicine2020
 COM-031517Merit Review Subcommittee for Research on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses2020
 COM-032323Merit Review Subcommittee for Special Emphasis on Genomics2020
 COM-031723Merit Review Subcommittee for Special Emphasis on Million Veteran Program Projects2020
 COM-031666Merit Review Subcommittee for Surgery2020
 COM-036855MHBA (mental health and behavioral sciences)2020
 COM-036853MHBP (mental health behavioral sciences)2020
 COM-036866NEPH (nephrology)2020
 COM-036858NURA (neurology)2020
 COM-036863NURB (neurobiology)2020
 COM-036871NURC (neurobiology)2020
 COM-036846NURD (neurobiology)2020
 COM-036857NURE (neurobiology)2020
 COM-036856NURF (neurobiology)2020
 COM-036849NURP (neurobiology)2020
 COM-036859NURR (neurobiology)2020
 COM-036867ONCA (oncology)2020
 COM-036872ONCB (oncology)2020
 COM-036865ONCC (oncology)2020
 COM-036875PSYC (psychiatry)2020
 COM-036851PULM (pulmonology)2020
 COM-036876SDRA2020
 COM-036862SPLD (special panel Gulf War illnesses)2020
 COM-036848SPLN (special panel)2020
 COM-036844SPLO (special panel)2020
 COM-036868SURG (surgery)2020
 COM-036850• MHBC (mental health behavioral sciences)2020
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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-035964Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2019
 COM-033608Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2018
 COM-001799Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2017
 COM-003045Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2016
 COM-003973Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2015
 COM-004543Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2014
 COM-006060Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2013
 COM-007304Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2012
 COM-007562Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2011
 COM-009577Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2010
 COM-009588Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2009
 COM-011378Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2008
 COM-012275Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2007
 COM-013223Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2006
 COM-014115Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2005
 COM-015137Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board2004
 COM-015329Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee2003
 COM-016362Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee2002
 COM-018036Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee2001
 COM-018323Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee2000
 COM-019260Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee1999
 COM-020245Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee1998
 COM-021853Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee1997