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Research | South Central MIRECC

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About SC MIRECC Research

Our investigators have extensive research experience in Veteran populations, rural mental health, access, telemedicine, integrated care, implementation, and evidence-based interventions. Our research program funds pilot research, provides methodologic and analytic support for researchers of all levels, and develops young researchers.

To learn more, contact our Associate Director for Research, Dr. Jeffrey Pyne, at or

Pilot Study Research Program

This program stimulates research that improves access, quality, and outcomes of mental health and substance abuse treatment services for rural and underserved Veterans.

Our goal is to increase the quantity and quality of federally funded research for this population to better understand their experiences and support the development and dissemination of evidence-based care that can make a difference in their lives.


  • Only researchers in VISN 16 and San Antonio, Texas are eligbile to apply.
  • Medical students, interns and residents are not eligible to apply unless they request and receive a waiver before applying.
  • Project duration is 1 year (possible to request a waiver to submit a proposal for a longer period).
  • Maximum budget request is $55,000 (possible to request a waiver to submit a proposal with a larger budget).
  • Maximum proposal length is 5 pages.
  • Fellows must provide a completion plan if the project will be ongoing when the fellowship ends. The plan must identify a doctoral-level faculty co-investigator to complete the project (an additional 1/2 page may be added to the proposal to describe the plan).

Application Deadlines

We accept applications four times a year. If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit the application the following Monday.

  • January 1
  • April 1
  • July 1
  • October 1

Application Submission

Email your application to Dr. Ellen Fischer at and Include both of her email addresses on the submission.


Dr. Ellen Fischer, Assistant Director for Research |
VA: 501-257-1711 or UAMS: 501-526-8125

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MIRECC Implementation, Design and Analysis Support (MIDAS)

MIDAS offers centralized design, methodologic and analytic support to VISN 16 investigators who are seeking research funding or conducting South Central MIRECC pilot projects.

The MIDAS team has expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, psychometrics, qualitative methods, application of technology to research and education, and project implementation. We can help you with topics such as:

  • Study design
  • Instrument selection or design
  • Recruitment and data collection procedures
  • Analysis of qualitative data
  • Identification of best VA data sources and access procedures
  • Manuscript preparation
  • and more!

We can help connect you with other experienced methodologists at our affiliated programs and institutions when we do not have the expertise you need. Contact Dr. Ellen Fischer at or to learn more.


Last updated: August 27, 2019