The VA RDC (Research and Development Committee) may grant permission for some non-VA studies to conduct limited activities involving the VA, such as recruitment of veterans to a study not focused on veterans’ health, or use of VA space for administrative or sample process activities only, without these studies falling under the purview of the VA RDC.

New questions on the VA page of the ARROW application will allow study teams to choose this option if it applies to their studies. Activities selected here must first be approved by the VA R&D committee, but studies limited to these activities at or with the VA are NOT considered VA human subjects research and will not be subject to continued VA oversight beyond the initial approval.