Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)


Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge

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.

Contact CSP to learn more about starting a trial here.

Updated June 2019

Click for back to Home Page.