Promoting Partnerships To Improve Veterans’ Health

FOVA's Top Issues

VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program

FOVA Recommendation for Medical and Prosthetic Research: $980 million

The FOVA coalition recognizes the demands of many important programs for America’s veterans in the Military Construction, VA, and Related Agencies spending bill, and urges Congress to continue its reliable and robust growth in the VA research program without recissions. FOVA’s FY 2024 recommendation of $980 million for VA research, an increase of $64 million (7%) above the comparable FY 2023 funding level, would enhance the investment in veteran-centric research on a trajectory of meaningful growth above inflation to ensure research progress can keep pace with the increasing demands of improving health for veterans.

FOVA’s recommendation of $980 million would provide sustained and predictable funding growth for VA research, which is imperative to help ensure the best return on investment in improving the health of veterans and all Americans.

  • Sustained funding growth is crucial for VA research efforts.

  • Successes in precision oncology and Cancer Moonshot Initiative will be built upon.

  • Clinical trials access will be increased, and health disparities will be addressed.

  • Groundbreaking programs like Million Veteran Program (MVP) will receive renewed support.

  • Research on chronic and emerging needs of veterans will be prioritized.

  • Increased funding will support recruitment and retention of researchers.

  • Toxic exposures and mental health research will be expanded.

  • Strained IT capacity will be supported through computational science purchases.

Physical and Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure

FOVA Recommendation for Major & Minor Construction: at least $100 million

 A 2012 congressionally mandated report found a clear need for systematic infrastructure improvements for VA research laboratories. VA completed a Phase II assessment in 2020 of fewer than one-third of sites inspected in Phase I. Phase II findings show that while certain projects have received funding, significant deficiencies remain. VA estimated more than $200 million was needed to correct all deficiencies identified in the Phase II report, including $99.5 million in Priority 1 deficiencies, representing immediate needs such as life safety hazard corrections. FOVA believes designating funds specifically for research facilities is the only way to make significant improvements. For capital infrastructure, renovations, and maintenance, FOVA recommends at least $100 million for VA research facilities to address the most pressing repairs.

FOVA Recommendation for Office Of Information and Technology: at least $22 million

VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) is responsible for IT development and maintenance for programs including clinical, health management, benefits, security, and research. To advance and modernize the VA research program, OIT funding must be designated specifically for research use on a yearly basis. For FY 2024, FOVA recommends at least $22 million of the OIT budget to be assigned for VA research to support the purchase and maintenance of IT infrastructure, increase data storage and access capabilities, increase data security, increase interoperability with affiliated partners, and transition to more robust and functional cloud computing platforms. 


FOVA membership is open to organizations committed to advancing resources for the Department of Veterans Affairs medical care and research programs.
  • Members are listed as endorsers of FOVA's funding recommendations for VA medical care and health research.

  • Members agree to advocate overall increases in VA research accounts and will not pursue earmarked funding for special interests.

  • Members are encouraged to incorporate advocacy for VA research in their own lobby activities and to support FOVA activities when requested. These generally include responding to timely FOVA alerts and supporting and attending FOVA congressional briefings.

  • Urge legislators to sign on to Dear Colleague letters and support FOVA's funding requests.

  • Generate grassroots advocacy at key times in the annual budget/appropriations process.

  • There is no cost to join FOVA. However, from time to time, members may be asked to voluntarily contribute to the cost of hosting special events.

FY 24 Endorsers

Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health
Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
American Brain Coalition
American College of Clinical Pharmacology
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
American College of Physicians
American College of Radiology
American Dental Education Association
American Gastroenterological Association
American Geriatrics Society
American Heart Association
American Liver Foundation
American Massage Therapy Association
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
American Physical Therapy Association
American Physiological Society
American Podiatric Medical Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
American Society of Nephrology
American Spinal Injury Association
American Surgical Association (ASA)
American Thoracic Society
American Tinnitus Association
American Urological Association
Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY)
Arthritis Foundation
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries
Association of Academic Physiatrists
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology

Association of Minority Health Professions Schools
Association of Pathology Chairs
Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers
Association of University Anesthesiologists
Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
Association of University Radiologists
Association of VA Hematology/Oncology
Association of Veterans Affairs Nurse Anesthetists (AVANA)
Blinded Veterans Association
Catholic War Veterans of the USA Inc.
Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Congress of Neurological Surgeons
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Digestive Disease National Coalition
Dystonia Advocacy Network
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Endocrine Society
Epilepsy Foundation
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
GBS|CIDP Foundation International
International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders
Interstitial Cystitis Association
LUNGevity Foundation
Lymphatic Education & Research Network
National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alopecia Areata Foundation
National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics
National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations
NephCure Kidney International
Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA)
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Project Sleep
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Pulmonary Hypertension Association
Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation
Scleroderma Foundation
Sleep Research Society
Society for Neuroscience
Society of Academic Associations of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Society of General Internal Medicine
Vietnam Veterans of America

Contact the FOVA Executive Committee

Roscoe Butler

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Erica Froyd

Association of American Medical Colleges

Gary Ewart

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Jon Retzer

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Rashi Romanoff

National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF)

K. Conwell Smith

American Psychological Association

Jennifer Zeitzer

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

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