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About Health Research, Inc.

Health Research, Inc. (HRI) contributes to the health and well-being of the people of New York State by complementing and enabling the strategic public health goals of the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC), and other health-related entities.

HRI provides best-in-class resource administration for stakeholders and programs related to the work and priorities of the Department of Health and its other partners. HRI does this through the provision of knowledge, expertise, funding guidance, and fiduciary oversight of sponsored program funding for public health and research programs in concert with community partnerships.


HRI was established in 1953 primarily to serve the research programs of the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, which at the time was an institution of the Department of Health. In addition to the services provided to Roswell Park programs through its HRI Roswell Park Division located in Buffalo, the corporation now serves major DOH programs located at the Wadsworth Center, the AIDS Institute, the Office of Health Systems Management, the Center for Community Health, the Center for Environmental Health, the Office of Health Emergency Preparedness, and the Helen Hayes Hospital, a comprehensive research and teaching hospital specializing in rehabilitation medicine located in West Haverstraw, New York.

In its long history, HRI has accepted and administered over ten billion dollars in funding to supplement DOH, RPCCC and other health related programs, and has established a proven track record of assuring that funds are utilized in accordance with the requirements of the sponsor. Sources of funding include Federal agencies, not-for-profit foundations and commercial firms. In addition, HRI administers funds from individual donors, estate bequests and court settlements. HRI has the ability to meet virtually any stipulated accounting and reporting requirement.


Health Research, Inc. continues to seek partners to advance public health and scientific research by:

  • Enhancing our ability to provide immediate responses to new, emerging public health priorities in New York State;
  • Fostering collaboration by bringing together public and private assets to work toward enhancing the understanding of a wide range of health program needs;
  • Promoting new and more effective methods for health care delivery and access;
  • Providing the catalytic investments needed to spur scientific discoveries that will power new solutions and technologies, and drive the creation of industries and jobs.

Legal Status

Health Research, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized under the New York State Nonprofit Corporation Law. It is tax exempt under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. Gifts, bequests and donations made to HRI are tax deductible for the donor.