We are proud to support military nurse-led research interest groups (RIGs), teams connecting multidisciplinary researchers with common interests for collaboration, mentoring, and education.

Working in teams spread all over the globe RIGs work to overcome the common challenges of research collaboration, answering:

  • Who is working in my space? How can I connect with other researchers in my topic area in my own service and beyond?
  • How can I fit research collaboration into my already busy schedule?
  • What projects might we work on together to advance the science in our field?

Taking on these questions, the teams work to strengthen the collaborative nursing research environment within their spheres of influence. We welcome proposals for new topical teams relevant to advancing the science of military nursing. To be considered, prospective RIG teams must:

  • align with our written research priorities
  • have at least five active members from at least two (preferably three) Services
  • demonstrate at least 12 months of active member engagement
  • carry out a comprehensive review of the state of the science (and/or gap analysis)
  • develop a draft charter with short and long term goals

If the RIG is approved by our Executive Board of Directors, the team will be expected to provide the following deliverables:

  • an annual plan and budget
  • a topical reference library/database
  • network of subject matter experts for collaboration and mentoring in their field



If you are interested in developing a research interest group in your field of interest, or learning more about an existing RIG, please email:

Research Agenda Program Coordinator Frank Druse





The Anesthesia Research Interest Group is chartered to collaboratively develop a research and evidence-based practice agenda that will align resources, support rigorous scientific inquiry, and further the advancement and translation of this knowledge into clinical practice to improve the readiness of our providers to perform in the operational setting and the quality of the anesthetic and resuscitative care provided to wounded warriors and other Military Health System beneficiaries.


Representing a wide variety of research interests under the biobehavioral health umbrella, the BHRIG focuses on supporting researchers with methods education and mentoring. Team members work to plan relevant offerings and projects featuring novel techniques in the field. 


The Expeditionary RIG (ExRIG) works to disseminate best practices and cutting-edge research via multiple outlets. Special journal issues and pocket publications and collaborates with established expeditionary and en route care groups to highlight the nursing perspective. Interests of the RIG members range from point of injury to hospital care and from handoffs, to IO access, to blood transfusion, to decreasing stress and pain in transport, to providers' self-care. 


The Health Systems and Informatics Research Interest Group (HSIRIG) is chartered to develop a research and evidence-based practice agenda that will align resources, foster rigorous scientific inquiry, and support the advancement and translation of knowledge to improve the accuracy of military health system resource planning and improve the quality and safety of clinical care. The team is interested in supporting researchers and clinicians in the growing field of informatics as well.


The goal of the Military Family Interest Group ("FIG") is to generate family-based research that will influence policy and program development, support evidence-based decision making, and optimize the care of the military family. The group carried out a scoping review of military family literature to identify gaps for future research opportunities. 


The mission of The Military Women’s Health Research Interest Group is to be responsive to the changing faces of the U.S. Armed Forces by bringing together a group of scientists, clinicians, and other professionals interested in understanding the health and illness as related to sex and gender within the military healthcare system through the research process.

The goal is to develop an interdisciplinary research and evidence-based practice agenda that will be responsive to Defense Health Agency/Military Health System needs by building scientific evidence, strengthening interagency collaborations, mentoring research scientists, and advancing the translation of evidence into clinical practice application to support the advancement of all Service Members in military service.


  • Operational Readiness
  • Gender Specific & Reproductive Care (Contraception/Menses, GU, OB, Mothering, & STI)
  • General Health (Systems, Occupational Health, Nutrition, Performance, Exercise, Deployment & Post-Deployment Health)
  • Mental Health, including PTSD and Stress
  • Substance Abuse, including Tobacco
  • Trauma (IPV, DV, Abuse, MST, & Injury)