Kaiser Permanente - Deparment of Research and Evaluation

Sponsoring Research


For Sponsors
Kaiser Permanente conducts research as part of its overall mission to improve health for our members and their communities. This approach shapes the way our research program engages with industry sponsors.

Partnerships with industry sponsors can help us better understand health conditions that affect Kaiser Permanente members. More importantly, they can help pave the way to better preventive measures, treatment strategies, and health outcomes.

Getting Started

The Department of Research & Evaluation is the hub of research for Kaiser Permanente Southern California. The process typically starts by finding an investigator who will lead the study at Kaiser Permanente Southern California.
  • Faculty members can lead a variety of different types of studies, from interventions to observational safety studies. Industry sponsorships have supported a wide range of studies, from primary medication adherence to vaccine safety and effectiveness.
  • Our Clinical Trials Research program has extensive experience working with industry sponsors as well as with federally funded programs. For more information, download our Sponsor Information packet.

The Research Business & Contracts Operations team manages all contracts for faculty members here as well as medical center-based investigators. This ensures that all contracts comply with institutional requirements as well as federal and state regulations.

Investigator Information

The department’s faculty includes more than two dozen full-time research scientists as well as a small group of post-doctoral fellows and associate investigators. Most faculty members have academic backgrounds in epidemiology, behavioral science, health services research, or biostatistics. Some also have clinical training.

To learn more about individual researchers, visit the Scientists section. You can also download an overview of faculty research interests.

More than 60 physicians at medical centers throughout the region serve as principal investigators. Formal clinical trials programs support adult and pediatric cancer research as well as infectious disease studies. Independent investigators run trials in two dozen therapeutic areas.


Population Overview

Southern California is Kaiser Permanente’s largest region, serving more than 3.7 million members. The member population reflects the racial and ethnic diversity of the region.

Integrated Care and Electronic Health Records

Clinicians at Kaiser Permanente Southern California provide care to people at all stages of life, from well-baby check-ups to end-of-life home health care. A robust electronic health record, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, links health information from different points of care. As a result, researchers here have access to detailed health information across care settings.

Kaiser Permanente is an innovator in leveraging its integrated care model and information technology to improve care delivery, from proactive care models to electronic practice alerts. This environment provides a unique opportunity for scientists and clinicians interested in translational research.

Additionally, the Department of Research & Evaluation supports a number of databases, research applications, and registries that support research and, in some cases, care delivery. For more information, visit the Research Database and Disease Registry Development section of the site.