Our History

Hanley Hall, home of MFRI. Our history began in 2000.

In 1993, Purdue University’s Center for Families embarked on a mission to improve quality of life for families. Seven years later, the center created the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI).

Supporting military and veteran families through research and outreach

Initially, we focused solely on military family research. Since then, thanks to Lilly Endowment Inc., the Department of Defense and others, our mission expanded to include outreach and programming that serves military and veteran families.

Today, we collaborate with partners to shape the policies, programs and practices that impact them. We work with organizations and communities to make life better for service members, veterans and their families. MFRI connects others with rigorous research so that they can design data-driven solutions to real-world issues. That’s research with impact.

MFRI is a unit of the Department of  Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. One of the world’s premiere research institutions, Purdue is Indiana’s land-grant university, and supports missions of learning, discovery, and engagement.