Welcome to the web site of the National
Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF), a
membership organization for nonprofit research and education
corporations (NPCs) established under 38
U.S.C. 7361-7366. These
foundations have a unique relationship with the Department of Veterans
Affairs that affects how they interact with governmental and private
sector sponsors of clinical research studies. To facilitate
understanding of these foundations, assembled below are links to other
sections of this web site that will be of particular interest to
sponsors of clinical research studies.
For additional information or questions,
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research study sponsors may submit a
request for access to the NAVREF membership roster by sending an email
to email@example.com. In
your request, please provide the following:
1. Briefly describe your company or provide a URL for your web site.
2. Briefly describe your reason for requesting the NAVREF membership list (examples: solicit principal investigators for a specific research study; determine
whether organization has investigators with an interest in pharmaceutical studies;
identify researchers with particular expertise; etc.)
3. By fax or email, provide a draft or sample item of the correspondence that you
plan to send to NAVREF members.
4. Indicate whether you plan a one-time or multiple use of the mailing
list. If multiple, state number of mailings and frequency.
Effective in March of 2008, VA mandated
that cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs), described
at 15 U.S.C. 2710a, must be used to establish terms and conditions for
industry sponsored research studies. For discussion of CRADAs,
please go to
federal laws and regulations applicable - and not applicable
- to the VA-affiliated nonprofit research and education corporations as
well as clinical research agreements between NPCs and private sector
Effective April 6, 1998, VA will provide
necessary treatment to patients injured as a result of participating in
research studies approved by a VA Research and Development Committee and
conducted under the supervision of VA employees regardless of the source
of funding for the study. 38 CFR part 17.85
Subject to certification by the Attorney
General that an individual was performing services within the scope of
government employment, actions of VA employees, including those on WOC
status, whether working on a full-time or part-time basis on a peer
reviewed, VA approved research activity, will generally be protected
from personal liability under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA).