Research Foundation For State University of New York

Albany, NY   |  WWW.rfsuny.org

Mission

The RF works with the academic and business leadership of campuses to support research and discovery at SUNY through efficient and skillful administration of sponored projects and adept transfer and sharing of intellectual property for public benefit and economic growth.

Ruling year info

1951

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Jeff Cheek

Main address

PO Box 9

Albany, NY 12201 USA

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EIN

14-1368361

NTEE code info

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our organizations supports the research and economic growth programs established by The State University of New York.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Research

The Research Foundation (RF) provides State University of New York (SUNY) faculty and staff with administrative support for research grants and awards that are funded by governmental and private-sector sponsors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RF supports SUNY faculty and staff to receive and administer awards, grants and contracts for training and education programs to provide assistance and build expertise for the student population and workforce of New York State.

Population(s) Served
Adults

RF supports SUNY faculty and staff in conducting various programs in workforce and small business development services, as well as educational and therapeutic and childhood intervention services.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

As the largest comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country, The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF) serves The State University of New York (SUNY) by providing essential administrative services that enable SUNY faculty to focus their efforts on the education of students and the performance of life-changing research across a wide range of disciplines including medicine, engineering, physical sciences, energy, computer science, and social sciences.

We work with the academic and business leadership of SUNY campuses to support research and discovery through the administration of sponsored projects and technology transfer and management of intellectual property for public benefit and economic growth.

Our mission is to provide talent, services, and technology that empower SUNY to research, innovate, and transfer discoveries that transform the world’s knowledge economy.

Our vision is to make SUNY the best place for faculty, students and staff to research, innovate, and solve the world’s most pressing problems.

In January 2019, the RF’s Board of Directors approved a new 5-year Strategic Plan that will guide the RF’s work going forward and track against its mission. The RF’s Strategic Plan for FY2019-23 is driven by four strategies to achieve three goals:

Four Strategies -
• Empower: Empower individuals with knowledge, authority, and tools to solve problems at the point of service.
• Build: Build on organizational strengths: flexibility, scale, internal controls, core functions, customer service focus, and dedicated, competent people across the enterprise with deep institutional knowledge.
• Improve: Remove administrative layers and barriers to principal investigator success through a discipline of measurable continuous improvement.
• Partner: Tailor research administration processes to accommodate new and different types of partnerships, especially with industry and private foundations.

Three Goals -
• Provide Superior Service: We will meet principal investigator needs and exceed sponsor expectations by empowering our people, recognizing and rewarding service, and acting on input.
• Maximize Effectiveness: We will do the right work that adds value to our campuses and principal investigators, measuring RF outcomes and impact.
• Increase Cost Efficiency: We will streamline processes and cut costs, ensuring that the RF enterprise is as lean as it can be, without compromising quality
The RF’s 2019-2023 Strategic Plan advances SUNY’s goals of doubling research and promoting innovation and economic development, through a cost-efficient operational infrastructure and reducing administrative burden to faculty and graduate students performing research.

The RF and SUNY have a common vision for growing research, reducing administrative burden, improving cost efficiency and effectiveness, and making SUNY a 21st century research-focused university system.

See: http://www.rfsuny.org/about-us/rf-strategic-plan/

The RF provides a central infrastructure of people, technology and processes that enable faculty to: write and submit grant proposals to agencies, foundations and companies; establish contracts and manage funding that is awarded to run campus-based research projects; protect and commercialize intellectual property created within those projects; and promote transparency and accountability throughout the process.
The RF comprises a central office and operating units at 30 state-operated campuses across New York State, and is governed by a board of directors. The RF Board of Directors oversees the operations of the corporation in accordance with its stated mission and purpose. RF Operations Managers at the 30 state-operated campuses are appointed by the RF president on the recommendation of the respective campus president. The RF president delegates to each Operations Manager the authority to execute the powers and duties necessary to conduct RF business at his or her campus in a manner consistent with the RF’s policies and overall system of controls.
We partner with businesses and state and federal agencies to foster research breakthroughs and economic growth, working to combat disease, accelerate technological advancement and mitigate climate change. Examples include Applied Materials, IBM, New York State’s Empire State Development (ESD); New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), United States Department of Defense, and United States Department of Energy.

Efforts accomplished or planned include:
• The development of operations profiles and risk analyses that will capture and assess for the first time the total cost of research administration at SUNY’s 30 state-operated campuses and provide RF Operations Managers with the data needed to run effective and cost-efficient research operations. Profiles have either been completed or are in progress for the RF’s Central Office and three campuses, and the remainder will be pursued over the next 12 months.
• A customer satisfaction tool to initially measure service on a 5-scale rating to be followed by a more detailed survey assessment for faculty to rate service. Data will be used to regularly assess, plan around, and communicate the level of service the RF is providing to its customers.
• An assessment of our IT operation to best meet our strategic goals to support SUNY research and innovation which resulted in the selection of a new vendor to provide commodity services such as Helpdesk, Desktop Support, Networks, and Windows Services, with other services, such as Application Development and Data Center Services to be provided by an in-house IT staff.
• Training of RF staff on reporting and data analysis and the basic operations of sponsored programs administration.
• The 2019 Research Administrators’ Symposium (the third such symposium in the past six years) that convened over three 300 participants across the SUNY research community for presentations and workshops on the full life cycle of research administration covering project and proposal development; grants management; compliance; commercialization; and entrepreneurship.
• External partnership and corporate engagement boot camps to deliver to academic leadership and practitioners proven models of how to engage and drive mutually beneficial outcomes around research, technology transfer, workforce development, recruiting, and philanthropic support.
• Sharing of best practices and the promotion of benchmarking through Communities of Practice (CoP) that target and tackle critical business issues. We have initiated CoP’s that span all key stakeholder groups in areas covering sponsored programs management, operations management, technology transfer, and human resources.


• Launch of a project to help campuses attract and retain top postdoctoral talent with the development of a new fringe benefit rate for post-doctoral employees for implementation in September 2019.
• Development of new methods of cost structure and communication for nonfederal sponsors
• Implementation of automated solutions to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and promote paperless transactions.
• Make strategic investments at targeted stages of the sponsored program and innovation lifecycle, including SUNY’s Pre-Award and Compliance System (PACS), the SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF), and Express Licensing.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Research Foundation For State University of New York

Board of directors
as of 1/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jeffrey H. Black

Retired Senior Partner and Vice Chairman Deloitte LLP

Jeffrey Black

Robert Azeke

Patricia Caldwell

Eric Cochran

Steven Fischer

Alan Gintzler

Meng-Ling Hsiao

D Johnstone

Anne Kress

Robert Megna

Harvey Stenger

Daniel Tomson

Satish Tripathi

Grace Wang

Eileen Whelley

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/08/2021

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