History

Our organization dates to May 1983, when President Ronald Reagan signed into law a bill from Congress authorizing the establishment of the Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine.

Five months later, the private, not-for-profit Foundation was named in honor of the late Sen. Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson, D-Washington, 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
  • Encouraging the participation of the medical, dental, nursing, veterinary and other biomedical sciences for the mutual benefit of military and civilian medicine.

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 700 research grants, contracts and cooperative agreements and its projects range from small bench-top experiments to complex multisite programs


Download the 2016 Annual Report.