About Us

The Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) is an independent nonprofit organization located on the True Blue campus of the St. George’s University (SGU), School of Medicine, Grenada. WINDREF is registered in the USA with the Internal Revenue Service 501(C) (3) as an educational non-profit foundation. It is also registered in Grenada as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in compliance with section 328 of the Companies Act 1994, and in 1999 was registered in the UK as a charitable Trust, Charity in compliance with UK Charities Act 1993.

Mission Statement

Founded in 1994, WINDREF seeks to advance health and environmental development through multi-disciplinary research and education programs. WINDREF strives for program excellence by promoting collaborative relationships between internationally recognized scholars and regional scientists, and by adhering to the highest ethical and academic standards in the design and conduct of research.


  • To provide a scientific resource center capable of coordinating international collaborative research of the highest caliber in the areas of medical and veterinary public health, anthropology, ecology, marine and terrestrial biology, and ethics.

  • To provide a first rate academic opportunity to scientists from the Caribbean and around the world offering unique research opportunities to enhance the knowledge and welfare of local and international communities.

  • To conduct applied scientific research for the benefit of community and health development at the local, national and international levels.

  • To share relevant scientific information with local and international communities.