Fast Facts

2020 KPWHRI Fast Facts


Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute does practical research to keep people healthy.

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), formerly Group Health Research Institute, does practical research to improve the health and health care of Kaiser Permanente members and the public. Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans.


Since 1983, the Institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems.

Faculty and staff

About 65 health scientists — including physicians, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, psychologists, economists, and health services researchers. Most faculty members have a joint appointment at the University of Washington. KPWHRI also employs about 300 other staff members.


In 2020, KPWHRI’s external revenue exceeded $64 million.

  • Federal agencies (NIH, CDC, AHRQ, etc.) = 72% of KPWHRI's annual budget.

  • Grants and contracts from foundations (Robert Wood Johnson, Paul B. Allen Family Foundation, Group Health Foundation, etc.) and other (includes PCORI, state, and industry) = 17%.

  • Kaiser Permanente = 11%.


KPWHRI belongs to several national consortia, including the Health Care Systems Research Network, which has data from 19 health systems nationwide. Others include the Cancer Research Network, the Mental Health Research Network, and the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. KPWHRI also hosts 1 of 10 federally funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units.

Our centers

The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation are part of KPWHRI.


KPWHRI shares its findings primarily through articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, presentations at scientific meetings, and the media.


In 2020, KPWHRI managed a total of 346 active grants and contracts.