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Peter Martin

Member Relations Administrator

Hawk Tran

Chief Operating Officer

31st NAVREF Conference  |  Exploring New Horizons  |  St. Paul, MN

September 17-20, 2023

The 31st NAVREF Annual Conference is designed to inspire and empower all attendees to explore uncharted territories in our unique VA research community. Just as the Vikings of old set sail on longships to discover new lands, we too will set out on our own journeys of new discovery in how we push the VA research portfolio forward. 

Thank you for attending!


InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel

Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Mississippi River at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront hotel in the heart of downtown. Steps away from live theater, renowned museums, world-class dining and shopping experiences. The hotel features well-appointed rooms and refined amenities that complement the sweeping panoramic views of the city and the river. Attendees can make reservations in our designated room block with the phone and reservation link listed below. Please contact the NAVREF staff if you have any questions regarding this hotel.

Group Room Block Rate: $146 plus tax

Room Block Rate Cutoff Date: August 25, 2023

Hotel Phone: (651) 292-1900


The preliminary conference agenda is available on the page below. Please refer back as changes may occur. 

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*Download the NAVREF app for easy access to the agenda, room assignment, and fellow attendees (updated app launches Summer 2023). 

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NAVREF Scholarship Program

NAVREF encourages every VA-affiliated nonprofit research and education corporation (NPC) to attend NAVREF’s Annual Conference. To make this goal more possible, NAVREF offers scholarships to assist member organizations with registration costs to attend our signature event.

If your NPC is interested in applying for this scholarship, please complete the online application. The NAVREF Team will be in touch after we review your application. If you do not hear a response from us within 72 hours, please reach out to Hawk at

NAVREF Conference Merch Store 

Just sometimes we can't meet in person doesn't mean you can't get some cool NAVREF branded merchandise. From apparel to accessories (including masks), the store will have everything you need to collect memories and show your NAVREF pride.

Enter the NAVREF Merch Store

2023 NAVREF Awards Nominations

The National Association of Veterans’ Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF) is pleased to continue our “Awards for Distinguished Service & Innovation” for its seventh year. The awards will recognize professional contributions by individuals to NAVREF, its member nonprofit corporations (NPCs) or affiliated organizations within the fields of VA research and education.

*Please note the submission form will open in a new tab/window.

2022 Award Winners

Barbara West Award

Dr. Jeff Moore, CEO

Cleveland VA Medical Research and Education Foundation

Board of Directors Award

Bob Forrester, Board Member

Boston VA Research Institute

Innovations and Best Practice Award

Jake Lindheimer, Deputy ACOS-R

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