Purdue University has announced a $4.8 million grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment in support of the Military Family Research Institute, a university-based initiative that conducts research about, with, and for military-connected families.
The grant will support programs related to MFRI's five strategic objectives, which include supporting military communities that serve military and veteran families through training and referral programs; strengthening the motivation and capacity of civilian communities to support military and veteran families; generating and sharing research about military and veteran families, including the effects of military service on families; influencing programs, policies, and practices that affect military and veteran families; and creating and sustaining vibrant learning organizations. A portion of the grant — $1 million — will be used to match donations in support of MFRI through September 2019.
"Thousands of service members remain in harm’s way around the world, and MFRI works every day to produce knowledge and innovations to improve support for their families," said MFRI executive director Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth. "We are honored to continue making a difference for families who serve, and we are grateful to Lilly Endowment for its continued support of these efforts."