Research Foundation Overview

Celebrating 60 Years of Supporting SUNY Research, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (RF) is the largest most comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country. The RF supports over $1 billion in SUNY research activity annually and facilitates university-industry-government partnerships to accelerate the growth of sponsored program and applied research opportunities.

The RF is a private not for profit educational corporation that provides faculty, students and staff with the flexibility necessary to focus on research and other sponsored programs funded by federal and state governments, private sector companies and nonprofit foundations. A 1977 agreement, approved by the state comptroller, director of the Division of the Budget, and the attorney general, formalized the RFs role as the organization responsible for managing research grants and other sponsored programs for SUNY.

Areas of research and associated initiatives encompass a vast range of disciplines including life sciences and medicine; engineering and nanotechnology; physical sciences and energy; social sciences; computer and information sciences as well as training and education programs.

Since 1951 the RF has worked with academic and business leadership to support essential research and discovery that translate into invention, innovation, entrepreneurship, economic opportunity and public benefit.


RF Overview

RF Overview

RF Fact Sheet

RF Fact Sheet

RF Charter

RF Charter

1977 Agreement

1977 Agreement

SUNY Research Enterprise

Enterprise Diagram

 

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Growth Through Innovation and Collaboration

In August 2009, the RF set forth a five-year strategic plan to:

  1. provide outstanding sponsored program administration
  2. increase funding
  3. expand commercialization of intellectual property to support SUNY's efforts to revitalize New York's economy. Supporting data and financial analysis on the progress of the strategic plan are available at www.rfsuny.org/strategicplan

Transparency
The RF provides information to the public about its business operations. The RF website functions as a comprehensive resource for information about the RF, its Strategic Plan, breakthrough discoveries, sponsored program activities, licensing opportunities, supporting data, reports and publications.

Information available to the public includes: