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


FRI Receives Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) Awards


FRI Studies Cited in Baltimore Sun Article

FRI Welcomes New Senior Research Scientist


Brincks AM, Shiu-Yee K, Metsch LR, Del Rio C, Schwartz RP, Jacobs P, Osorio G, Sorensen JL, Feaster DJ (in press). Physician Mistrust, Medical System Mistrust, and Perceived Discrimination: Associations with HIV Care Engagement and Viral Load. AIDS and Behavior. 2019 Mar 16. doi: 10.1007/s10461-019-02464-1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 30879211.