PAVIR is incorporated in the State of California as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation.

Our focus is on Driving Veterans Health Innovation, which we address by supporting research and education activities conducted at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS).  The range of research activities is described in the research section of this website and represents the vast majority of our activities.

PAVIR also supports various educational instruction and other learning experiences of benefit to employees and veterans.  For example, this website’s current needs section illustrates our goal to fund professional development for researchers who are in the early stages of their career.

PAVIR is one of 83 active VA affiliated not for profits, based on the legal authority of Title 38 UCS §7361-7366, which authorizes VA medical centers to establish nonprofit research and education corporations to accept and administer private and non-VA federal funds in support of VA’s research and education missions.  The congressional intent in enabling these corporations is to provide VA facilities with a flexible funding mechanism for the conduct of research as well as staff and patient education.

As of May 2017, PAVIR employs 233 staff, most of whom directly work on research projects aimed at improving health care.  PAVIR’s core administration offices include 28 employees.  The core administration offices provide services including:

  • Contracts & Grants administration, both pre- and post-award
  • Clinical Trial services, primarily negotiation of budgets and Clinical Research And Development Agreements (CRADAs)
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Purchasing
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources

Prior to July 1, 2014, we operated under the name of Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education (PAIRE).