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Defense Health Agency Research and Engineering Directorate

The DHA Research and Engineering Directorate leads the discovery of innovative medical solutions responsive to the needs of combatant commands, the military services, and the Military Health System. The directorate guides research investments in military health and medicine that lead to solutions to enhance future warfighter health and readiness.

R&E manages the enterprise research portfolio to improve medical care for service members, their families, and all Military Health System beneficiaries. This includes the Defense Health Program Research, Development, Test and Evaluation appropriations that support the health and medical mission of the MHS. The directorate guides innovative medical materiel products and clinical practice knowledge solutions from concept to product development. R&E also oversees several MHS centers of excellence which advance scientific knowledge and evidence-based practices to diagnose and treat conditions that impact service members and other beneficiaries.

R&E achieves its goals by:

  • Strategically managing the enterprise research portfolio to meet prioritized needs
  • Producing new knowledge through health studies and analyses
  • Synthesizing evidence from existing knowledge
  • Applying findings to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based solutions to improve health outcomes

R&E Impact

R&E gathers, consolidates, and prioritizes needs and gaps in research areas and clinical practice. It partners with academic institutions, private industry, research organizations, and government to undertake research and clinical investigations. And it translates research results into practical/clinical knowledge for products and policy recommendations to improve care.

Gather Needs and Gaps, Prioritize Research, Perform Research, Translate Research, Improve Care, Enhance Health/Readiness 

R&E Divisions and Branches

R&E is comprised of two divisions, the Science and Technology Enterprise Integration Division and the Research Support Division.

Loose papers icon Science and Technology Enterprise Integration Division

STEID improves health outcomes and supports a ready medical force by advancing excellence in military medical health research. The Science and Technology Portfolio Management Branch develops research investment strategies for Defense Health Program Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation funding that supports Science and Technology projects. The Operations and Analytics Branch supports the overarching functions of STEID that span across the MHS. The Military Health System Research Program advances health system research and innovation that address the unique health care challenges facing the MHS. The National Museum of Health and Medicine is responsible for the preservation of military medical and biomedical historical assets. 

icon showing a folder Science and Technology Portfolio Management Branch

   Operations and Analytics Branch

Icon showing data analysisMilitary Health System Research Branch

Microscope icon    National Museum of Health and Medicine

Icon showing data analysisResearch Support Division

RSD supports and enables enterprise-wide scientific studies, research activities, and analyses to advance MHS research and engineering priorities. The division performs research support functions in joint clinical investigations, research protections, and implementation science and is home to five centers of excellence.

Checklist icon   Clinical Investigations Program Branch

Gears icon   Implementation Science Branch

Icon showing research analysis   Research Protections Branch

Centers of Excellence

icon for Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence     Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence

icon showing an ear   Hearing Center of Excellence

Icon showing brain inside head.Psychological Health Center of Excellence

Icon of a brainTraumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence

Eye iconVision Center of Excellence

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