Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

A Featured HJF Research Program

Since our founding, HJF has shared deep and lasting bonds with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. The links began when Congress authorized the founding of HJF in 1983, just two years after the University graduated its charter class of physicians. At the time, USU officials realized that a foundation could help the University perform its mission: to prepare outstanding physicians and health care practitioners for careers in service to our nation.

The links took physical form when HJF opened its first offices at the University in 1984. The Foundation remained on the Bethesda, Maryland, campus for three years before outgrowing the space and moving to a location in nearby Rockville. HJF is authorized to enter into assistance agreements and contracts with USU to carry out medical research, consultation and education; take action to obtain patents and licenses for devices, drugs and procedures; and enter into agreements with other organizations and governmental agencies to advance military medical research at USU.

The Foundation supports research in each academic department at USU’s F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing and the Postgraduate Dental College, as well as the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute. The assistance includes staffing, program and financial management services, and administrative and logistical support.

In 2014, HJF managed approximately 400 grants, contracts and cooperative agreements on behalf of USU researchers. The Foundation employs about 400 people on the University’s campus and approximately 500 individuals in off-site USU research programs at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Surgical Critical Care Initiative, Center for Prostate Disease Research, Center for Deployment Psychology and Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine, to name a few.

The Foundation also administers more than 180 education funds and nearly 80 endowments that directly benefit USU programs. The funds are used to support myriad unfunded educational needs, such as endowing a chair; hosting visiting speakers; and paying for books and training materials, honoraria and awards. The endowments total $75 million.

Another important part of HJF’s mission is serving as a bridge between military medical researchers and their civilian counterparts. To that end, the Foundation operates the USUHJF Joint Office of Technology Transfer, which enables collaboration between University-affiliated researchers and private partners. The office also files and prosecutes patent applications on behalf of affiliated scientists and transitions inventions to the private sector.