For over 60 years, researchers at FRI have received federal, state, county, and private funding to conduct studies in the fields of substance abuse, health, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and criminal justice. Recent social research has focused on the development and assessment of innovative strategies in pharmacotherapy, psychosocial treatments, bio-behavioral HIV interventions, and prevention.


FRI operates service projects and conducts research studies in Los Angeles, California through Friends Community Center. These projects and studies are primarily focused on providing HIV and substance abuse prevention services to out-of-treatment substance users as well as methamphetamine abuse treatment for treatment-seeking users.

Grants Administration

By managing all of the functions of grants administration, beginning with the pre-award process through completion of the research project, FRI allows scientists to focus on their research. This division of labor relieves the researchers of the necessary, but extremely time-consuming, work of grants management and allows them to concentrate on their work.

News & Announcements


Dr. Kimberly Kisler Receives First HRSA Award


Dr. Thomas Blue Awarded Second Junior Investigator Scholarship

Dr. Monico Receives Promotion to Research Scientist


Chen DT, Tomohiro MKo Allen AA, Bonnie RJ, Suratt CE, Appelbaum PS, Nunes EV, Friedmann PD, Lee JD, Gordon MS, McDonald R, Wilson D, Boney TY, Murphy SM, and O’Brien CP (in press). Personal control over decisions to participate in research by persons with histories of both substance use disorders and criminal justice supervision.