History

Our organization dates to May 1983, when President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill establishing the Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, a private, not-for-profit organization. Five months later, the Foundation was named in honor of the late Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson, who sponsored the legislation that led to its founding.

The Foundation’s core functions as outlined in the legislation remain as relevant as ever:

  • supporting research and education at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and throughout the military medical community
  • serving as a link between military researchers and private medical sector.

Compared to its vast operations today, HJF was small in its early years; administering two federally sponsored research projects. Today, the Foundation manages more than 1,000 research grants and projects ranging from small bench-top projects to complex multisite programs.

Steady Growth

The Foundation has grown significantly since the early 1990s. Revenue rose from $44.1 million in 1992 to approximately $414 million in 2015, while employee ranks increased from 590 to more than 2,400 during the same period.

That growth fueled demand for new services. In 1994, the burgeoning study of new medicines and treatments at military facilities brought a realization that researchers needed assistance with the myriad and complex issues surrounding clinical trials. The Foundation responded by forming a Clinical Trials Office to offer administrative and management services to military researchers. The office helps scientists with protocol submissions and procurement services.

Six years later, HJF and USU officials formed a Joint Office of Technology Transfer to advance inventions by military, University and Foundation researchers.

Closer to Clients

The Foundation has moved its headquarters from Rockville, Md., to Bethesda, Md.

This move brings HJF closer to some key clients, including USU, the NIH, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The new building is designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards for “green” buildings.

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