The Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) promotes health, well-being, and sustainable development through multi-disciplinary research, education, and community programs. WINDREF strives for program excellence by promoting collaborative relationships between leading internationally recognized scholars and regional scientists, and by adhering to the highest ethical and academic standards in the design and conduct of research. Located on the True Blue campus of St. George's University (SGU), WINDREF scientists are affiliated with SGU's schools of medicine/public health and preventive medicine, nursing, veterinary medicine, arts and sciences, and graduate studies.

Founded in 1994, WINDREF is an independent nonprofit organization registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation. It is also registered in Grenada as a Non-Governmental Organization in compliance with section 328 of the Companies Act 1994, and in 1999 was registered in the United Kingdom as a Charitable Trust in compliance with UK Charities Act 1993. The activities of the Foundation are overseen by an international board of directors, board of trustees, and scientific advisory board.