Photo of the MFRI staff at Grissom

The Mission

More than two million military service members have been deployed since Sept. 11, 2001, many serving multiple tours in combat zones thousands of miles from home. The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University focuses on issues that affect those service members, veterans and their families. Working to shape policies, programs and practices that improve their well-being, we use research to provide invaluable insight to organizations that have the capacity to deliver effective outreach and programming to meet real military family needs. MFRI is a "force multiplier" for the support of military families. Founded in 2000, MFRI is located within the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University.

Five Goals

We are guided by five strategic goals:

  1. Support the military infrastructure that supports families.
  2. Strengthen the motivation and capacity of civilian communities to support military families.
  3. Generate important new knowledge about military families.
  4. Influence policies, programs, and practices supporting military families.
  5. Create and sustain a vibrant learning organization.

2014 Executive Report

MFRI's 2014 Executive Report will give you insight into our recent efforts. The full 2014 Annual Report is available now. For a copy, please send us an email with your information.


History of MFRI

Located at Purdue University, one of the world’s premiere research universities, MFRI grew out of efforts to support and sustain families. In 1993, Purdue’s Center for Families was established to help improve the quality of life for families. After seven years of working on behalf of families, the Center created MFRI with funding from the Department of Defense (DoD). Our original mission was almost entirely research-based. With funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., the DoD, Sesame Workshop and other partners, we expanded our mission to include outreach and programming.

CFF Overview

Celebrates 15 years together

This year marks MFRI’s 15th anniversary.  In April, we were proud to be able to recognize the many individuals responsible for our successes and strengths at special celebration. Please enjoy these photos from the 20/15 Anniversary Gala.