Where can I find out more about the VA nonprofit corporations?
The website of the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations is a great source of information. It can be found at www.navref.org.
Does PAVIR administer NIH and/or other government grants?
Yes. PAVIR administers government grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements both as prime and sub awardee.
Why do I need VA approval if I’m going through PAVIR?
The statute authorizing the establishment of nonprofit corporations at VA facilities prohibits us from administering funds for anything other than VA approved research or education activities.
How do I get R&D Committee approval?
All Investigators submitting a proposal must have PI eligibility authorized by the Research office. Once PI eligibility has been confirmed your project must be initiated on the Research and Development website: go to www.rdispaloalto.net and follow the instructions.
Which should I do first, human/animal approval, R&D approval, or research agreement review?
They can all be in process at the same time to optimize review and approval.
What does PAVIR need to accept the funds that will be used to administer my project?
All funds accepted by PAVIR must be accompanied (or preceded) by correspondence in the form of an executed grant, contract, agreement or donor letter.
What information is needed in order for a check to be received for my project?
Checks must be made payable to the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research, Inc. The federal tax identification number is 77-0207331. Neither checks payable to other entities nor cash can be accepted by PAVIR. Please see our Contact Us page for mailing and courier addresses.
How do I go about setting up a PAVIR account?
You need VA approval and Funding:
VA approval—In order to have a PAVIR account you must have one of the following:
a) an R & D Committee approved research project
- How do I get R & D Committee approval?
b) an education activity that’s been approved by the Education Committee
- How do I get Education Committee approval?
a) a donation accompanied by a letter on company letterhead (if the donation is from a company) stating the purpose of the donation and any restrictions imposed. (See Sample Donor Letter);
b) a research agreement signed by a PAVIR official (PIs cannot sign for PAVIR);
c) a grant from a governmental agency, private foundation or company.
How will I know when my PAVIR account is set up?
The assigned Post-Award CGA will send email notification.
Can I put all of my projects into one account?
No. However, each VA-approved research project may have more than one sponsorship source that PAVIR administers in a discrete account.
What should I tell someone if they wish to donate funds toward my research project?
For gifts or donations there must be a letter from the donor indicating that the funding is a gift to be used by the designated beneficiary in support of various research or education activities. Further, the letter should indicate that the gift is irrevocable and imposes no contractual requirement of PAVIR beyond reporting of research results. Alternatively, if the gift or donation is unrestricted as to use, there must be a letter stating this.
Letters accompanying donations from companies must be on company letterhead. A Sample Donor Letter may be downloaded and edited as needed.
Does my Education Activity have to be research related?
No. Congress has given the VA nonprofits the authority to administer funds for employee or patient education, activities designed to promote the exchange of information, and continuing medical education activities, provided that such activities are consistent with the VA health care mission.
How do I get Education Committee approval?
Fill out the Education Activity Request form, sign it, get your Service (not Section) Chief’s signature and send it (along with a check, letter, and/or other pertinent information) to PAVIR at 151P for routing to the Education Committee.
Can I use funds donated for education for my research?
Funds donated for education may be used for some of the same general expenses that researchers have such as travel for educational purposes, to purchase books or journals or to pay memberships to organizations in furtherance of your research, as long as they are not in conflict with the purpose stated on your Education Activity Request or the donor’s letter. Some expenditures that are not appropriate for educational funds are subject fees and lab supplies.
What happens to residual funds when a project is completed?
Most grants are required to be spent down or have any remaining balances returned to the sponsor. If the investigator is allowed to keep any balance at the end of an award, these funds are transferred to an "RE" account to be used towards general research and educational activities. Check with your Post-Award CGA if you have any questions about this process.
What are the benefit rates PAVIR uses for personnel costs on proposal budgets?
Earned Vacation Rate
6.75% - Full-Time
3.17% - Part-Time/Postdocs
Fringe Benefit Rate (excluding earned vacation)
24.25% - Full-Time
18.53% - Part-Time/Postdocs
Composite Fringe Benefit Rate
31% - Full-Time
21.70% - Part-Time/Postdocs
What are the current Indirect Cost rates for federally sponsored grants administered by PAVIR?
You can review these rates on the Fast Facts page. For detailed information regarding Indirect Cost rates see the policy on Acceptance of Funds and Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Cost Rates.
- Where do I find the administrative information related to PAVIR that is necessary to complete my grant application?
Can VA and/or PAVIR employees participate as subjects in PAVIR administered research projects?
Yes, if such participation has been approved by the IRB and the employees participate on their own time and outside their VA or PAVIR tour-of-duty.
Is it possible to put a Stanford employee on my PAVIR grants as a consultant?
Due to our close relationship with Stanford University, we do not engage in consulting agreements with Stanford employees.
Can I pay a VA employee as a consultant from my grant?
No. If you have a collaborator who is duly appointed at a VA facility and its affiliated University, it may be permissible to budget payment via a subcontract. Check with your Post-Award CGA prior to making any arrangements or commitments.
Does PAVIR administer consulting agreements?
PAVIR is established to support research and education projects. Any VA Investigators wishing to pursue consulting agreements must do so on their own time and may contact the Chief of Staff at ext. 65555 for submission of a request for Regional Counsel opinion.
Can PAVIR receive and administer honorariums?
No. PAVIR is established to support research and education projects, and can administer funds donated to support research or education.
I’ve applied for and been notified that I’ll be awarded a grant without ever talking with the PAVIR office. Now what?
- Get started on human/animal approval and R & D approval (www.rdispaloalto.net).
- Give the PAVIR office a copy of the instructions (or a website on which to find them) for grant submission.
- Submit a complete copy of your application packet and any correspondence you’ve had with the grantor to the PAVIR office.
- We’ll review the budget and check the application for inaccuracies and discuss remedies with you.
Who should I talk to about Material Transfer Agreements?
If funding is not involved, please speak with Kristin Frazier, Human Protections Administrator in the Research Office at 67953 or email her at Kristin.email@example.com. If there is funding involved such as payment for collaborative research or a grant transfer, please contact your CGA.
Who is responsible for billing a sponsor?
Contracts and Grants staff will work with the PI or study coordinator to review what should be invoiced and will notify PAVIR Accounts Receivable department. Under no circumstances should a PI or their staff bill a sponsor directly. Review the Billing and Collections policy for detailed information.
Where should sponsors send payments?
Payments should be mailed to:
PAVIR Accounts Receivable
P. O. Box V-38
Palo Alto, CA 90034-0038
Does PAVIR manage post-doc fellowship (training grants)?
Generally, Postdoc fellowships are processed through Stanford. By the master agreement between PAVIR and Stanford University, postdoctoral fellowships are submitted through the Stanford University Research Management Group (RMG) Fellowship Office. In some cases, Stanford will determine the application should be submitted by PAVIR, but when considering a fellowship application, please note the extra time needed for this determination to be made.
What mileage rate should I use for subject travel reimbursement?
The current mileage rate for reimbursement is located on the Subject Payment Request form.
Am I allowed to hire my full-time VA employee to do work on a PAVIR administered project?
No. We do not allow concurrent PAVIR employment of a full-time VA employee.
Can Stanford employees work on a PAVIR project?
This is determined on a case by case basis. PAVIR pays a 30% fee to Stanford for any Stanford employee working on a PAVIR project. If the employee has a long-standing Stanford employment a Joint Personnel Agreement can be initiated to allow the employee to work on a PAVIR administered project. Check with your Post-Award CGA before making any personnel commitments.
Can I purchase general office supplies on a grant?
Generally, office supplies cannot be charged to a grant; instead, these items are charged to an ADM account. However, in some cases this may be allowed depending on source of sponsorship. Check with your Post-Award CGA.
- Is food allowable to charge to a grant?
What do I have to do to get a signed research agreement?
Contact your Pre-Award CGA for assistance with this process.
I have been contacted by a pharmaceutical company to collaborate on a clinical trial. How does PAVIR manage such collaborations?
Collaborative research with other entities such as universities and pharmaceutical companies requires a contract or research agreement, signed by PAVIR's Executive Director. Because PAVIR administers VA Research our contracts and agreements are sent to VA attorneys for review and negotiation. Please send a draft agreement, preferably electronically, before sending originals for execution.
For more information about research agreements with nonprofit corporations affiliated with VA facilities please see http://www.navref.org/sponsors/ on the website of the National Association of Veterans' Research and Education Foundations (NAVREF).
What are the most common delays in obtaining approval for a Clinical Trial?
The obstacles to completing the clinical trial negotiation and approval process are varied, but a few of the delays can be attributed to:
- Budget negotiations
- Contract negotiation between PAVIR and Sponsor
- IRB approval of protocol
Who manages invoicing the Sponsor of my clinical trial?
In most instances, payments are made by the study sponsor in accordance with the clinical trial agreement as the study proceeds. However, if invoicing is required it should be done by PAVIR.
How should I notify PAVIR of clinical study completion?
Please send notification to CRADAs@pavir.org.