The Olive View-UCLA Education and Research Institute (ERI) was incorporated in 1963 to support the medical staff at the Los Angeles County Olive View hospital which had been a tuberculosis sanatorium.  When the facility was converted to an acute hospital, the ERI expanded to support the growing research and education programs.   In 1994, it reincorporated as the Olive View-UCLA Education and Research Institute to reflect the medical center's name change and its closer ties with UCLA.

 The Olive View-UCLA Education and Research Institute is a non-profit corporation that administers and manages all research conducted at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center.  It is contractually related to and responsible for coordinating research activities with the County of Los Angeles/Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, the Medical Center’s Professional Staff Association (PSA) And the University of California, Los Angeles.  Because of the nature and diversity of patient illness and the high volume of medical problems seen at the medical center, Olive View-UCLA has become a successful site for clinical research.