Mission: Those who courageously serve in our nation's military deserve exceptional care. The Veterans Medical Research Foundation's mission is to enhance the health of veterans of all generations through research and education.
Vision: Every Veteran will receive the finest research-based care.
The Veterans Medical Research Foundation and its researchers are addressing the unique health concerns experienced by our fine men and women who voluntarily risk their lives to serve our country and to defend our values. The Veterans Medical Research Foundation is here to help ensure that the conditions which disproportionately affect the veteran population benefit from highest standard scientific inquiry and discovery.
Veterans Medical Research Foundation is the only medical research entity dedicated to veterans in this region and is the second largest of 79 active medical research foundations associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs throughout the country. Though its focus is on medical research to benefit the country’s veterans, the resulting scientific breakthroughs extend to enhance the standard of care for all patients.
Who We Are
The Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) is a not-for-profit research corporation, dedicated to its vision that every Veteran will receive the finest research-based care. We believe that those who courageously serve in our nation's military deserve exceptional care. VMRF’s mission is to enhance the health of veterans of all generations through research and education.
VMRF was established as a 501 (c) (3) corporation in the State of California in 1989; Tax ID 33-0189397.
VMRF is the second largest of 79 active VA Foundations, with an annual budget of $25 million and a staff of approximately 250 employees. VMRF alone accounts for about 9% of the total research and education activities administered by all VA foundations nationwide. VMRF works closely with the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS); VMRF administered research is conducted at the VASDHS and benefits from thorough VA review and compliance processes.
VMRF’s primary objective is to enhance care for veterans by:
• Supporting new research and education projects
• Providing access to the latest drugs and technology
• Supplying computers, copiers, medical equipment and even buildings to support research.
VMRF currently assists approximately 100 VA Investigators with the administration of close to 200 active studies that seek to improve the lives of the nation's veterans as they cope with a wide range of physical and mental health issues. At the end of September 2013, VMRF administered the following types of research studies:
• 52 Federally funded studies
• 68 Industry sponsored clinical trials
• 35 Research study subcontracts
• 24 Private foundation funded research studies