VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
Start A Trial
More than 30 clinical studies are conducted within CSP at a given time. Each of these studies undergoes a careful process of development, from initial concept to final protocol. This is part of our quality-based approach to ensure that studies meet the highest standards of scientific rigor. Among the steps and considerations in our process include:
- A Letter of Intent (LOI) review by experts from within and outside VA (An LOI is a 10-page brief that describes proposed research and includes an overview of study objectives and design.)
- Planning meetings between investigators and CSP experts to design and develop a full study protocol, if an LOI is approved
- Review and recommendation for funding by the Cooperative Studies Scientific Evaluation Committee once a study protocol is completed
Download our Investigator Guidelines for starting a trial here.