HEDSA was formed in 2005 to provide an organization to enable University and Small Business scientists who are working on high energy density research to:

1. Advocate a broad-based High Energy Density Science research program based in universities and small businesses as well as in national laboratories and large companies
2. Advocate new initiatives to maintain the health of high energy density science and the related workforce in the United States, including the formation of a High Energy Density Science Users Program
3. Facilitate increased collaboration and communication opportunities among its members
4. Provide, in addition, a Point of Contact (individual) through whom university and small business high energy density research scientists can communicate with government agencies responsible for sponsoring such research in order to facilitate the flow of information in both directions