AFRRI's research efforts focus on the following aims:
- Develop methods of rapidly assessing radiation exposure to assure appropriate medical treatment.
- Pursue new drugs that will prevent the life-threatening and health-degrading effects of ionizing radiation and move those drugs from discovery through the Food and Drug Administration approval process.
- Investigate the effects of radiation injury combined with other challenges such as trauma, disease, and chemical exposures.
- Contribute to the knowledge base that is useful in understanding, for example, the effects of space radiation on astronauts.