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Research and Development - Iowa City VA Health Care System

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For VA Researchers

Welcome! This site is produced for our VA Research Staff, those serving on our Research Committees, and the individuals who are interested in conducting research at the Iowa City VA Health Care System. 

Without Compensation (WOC) are individuals who perform various research and training-related duties without any direct monetary compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. These types of appointments include but are not limited to fellows, residents, university employees, students or scientists who are not compensated by the VA for their employment. We sincerely appreciate your interest in pursuing Research Opportunities with us here at the ICVAHCS Research & Development Program.   



*Form Submissions/Instructions         

Our researchers are required to complete VA specific training and provide the documents and information outlined on our Checklist below.

These tasks must be completed prior to obtaining physical access or automated data processing equipment.  






1.  Submit a copy of your resume or Application for Federal Employment (OF 612). 


You can either provide a copy of your CV/Resume           OR complete form OF-612 

Required to verify qualifications

2.  Education Form*



Required to verify credentials

3.  OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment



Required to complete background investigation

4.  Fingerprint Form


Required to complete background investigation

5.  Without Compensation Agreement



Valid for one year.  Renewable.

6.  Intellectual Property  Agreement

For more information reference: VHA Handbook 1200.18



7.  Assignment of Functional Categories

For more information reference:

VHA Handbook 1605.02


Valid for one year.  Renewable.

8.  Request for PIV Card


VA ID badge- required for physical access to the Research buildings & logical access to the computer systems.

9.  Scope of Practice

Choose ONE applicable to your research project. 

   a) Animal

   b) Biomedical

   c) Human Subjects


Valid one year.  Renewable.


If you have questions about the applicable routine duties, contact the Principal Investigator on the project.

10.  Orientation Guide Acknowledgement*


Review Orientation Guide  


11.  Complete online trainings titled:

   a) Privacy HIPAA and Focused

  b) VA Privacy and Information Security Awareness & Rules of Behavior


Set up your own profile by following these INSTRUCTIONS. 

Log into: TMS Website


Click “Create New User”

12.  Complete online training titled:

 a) Human Subjects Protections and Good Clinical Practices (GCP)



Set up your own profile by following these INSTRUCTIONS. 

Log into:  CITI Website


Click “Create an Account”


For quick pre-filled forms #2 - #10-click here:  Forms Assistant 


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call!  319-338-0581 ext 7645.

You may return all forms via e-mail with your electronic signatures or you can print the forms and send them via fax or campus mail to the Program Specialist listed below:

Michele Myrvik 

/RESEARCHIOWACITY/images/Michele_MacDonald2.jpg; fax 319-339-7162 or mail ICVAHCS, Research & Development, Mail code 151, 601 Hwy 6 West, Iowa City, IA  52246. 


If you are interested in setting up an electronic signature to sign these PDF’s, it’s VERY easy and sooo efficient, plus it saves time & trees! 
Here are the instructions-using layman’s terms - nothing fancy or complicated! 


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