Research Foundation for the State University of New York
Founded in 1951, the Research Foundation for the State University of New York (RF) exists to serve the State University of New York (SUNY) and to capitalize on the scope, scale and diversity of SUNY as engine of New York state's innovation economy.
The RF supports nearly $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs administration and commercialization support services to SUNY faculty performing research in life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; and computer and information sciences.
As early as the creation of the State University of New York (SUNY) in 1948, University planners recognized the need to establish a private, corporate entity to provide flexibility in managing sponsored programs and research – something that cannot be accomplished through the various rules and regulations governing state agencies.
The Research Foundation (RF) was established in 1951 to support research, education and public service at SUNY. Since then, the RF adapted its services to meet the changing needs of a SUNY system whose mission, rooted for decades in basic technology, agriculture, and teacher preparation, broadened into graduate study, medical and scientific research and preparation for the professions.
The RF’s role as the organization responsible for managing sponsored programs was formalized when the RF entered into a contractual agreement with SUNY on June 1, 1977. Because conducting sponsored activities was a new mission for most SUNY campuses, early decisions on research and sponsored programs were made by the RF’s central office. As campuses developed research capabilities, the RF decentralized more of its activities to ensure that decisions are made as close as possible to where the research is performed.
Board of Directors 
The Research Foundation (RF) board of directors manages the operations of the corporation in accordance with its stated mission and purpose. The voluntary, independent and self-perpetuating board is composed of researchers, campus and system administrators and representatives of business and industry.
A committee structure facilitates the oversight work of the RF board. The committees and their purposes include:
- Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
- Research-Supported Economic Development
Sponsored Programs Administration 
The Research Foundation (RF) provides services that allow faculty to focus their time on research and instruction. The RF manages grant or sponsored program funds ensuring compliance with university, grant sponsor and government policies and procedures.
Sponsored programs are awarded to faculty at campuses across the state by agencies such as National Institutes of Health (NIH) or National Science Foundation (NSF), or by private sponsors. These are externally funded activities in which a formal written grant, contract, or cooperative agreement is received by the RF.
Sponsored programs administration assists faculty by:
- hiring people to work on projects within specified start and end dates
- purchasing necessary equipment and supplies for research projects
- submitting required financial reports and billing sponsors for payment
- developing tools to identify and facilitate collaborative research opportunities
- helping to seek out and secure funding for research and grant ideas
- prefunding projects prior to sponsor reimbursement
- subcontracting to third parties to conduct a portion of a grant program
Fiscal Year 2011 Sponsored Program Fast Facts 
|Number of Awards||7,380|
|Number of Sponsors||1,724|
|Number of Employees||17,209|
|Number of Principal Investigators||2,670|
Commercialization Support Services 
The Research Foundation (RF) connects business and industry to SUNY faculty, discoveries and facilities to move ideas and inventions to the marketplace for public benefit and economic growth.
- marketing invention to potential investors
- navigating through the disclosure, patent and licensing process
- generating opportunity for business development and job creation
Growth through Collaboration and Innovation 
The Research Foundation (RF) provides State University of New York (SUNY) faculty with tools that support greater interdisciplinary cooperation and collaboration within and across the SUNY research community to drive economic growth.
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Sources of Funds 
- Sponsored Programs Administration (funds from contracts and grants)
- Royalties from licenses
- Shared services/facilities
Accountability and Transparency 
The Research Foundation (RF) openly describes and reports its business and mission progress to the world. Resources include:
- Key Business Indicators
- Grants awarded to SUNY
- RF eNews
- SUNY Assets Map
- Operating plan
- Annual Reports