The Sponsored Program Operations office at Buffalo State exists to promote, support and administer research, scholarship and creative and entrepreneurial activities as a commitment to Buffalo State, SUNY, and the broader community.
The Research Foundation for State University of New York, the largest university-connected research foundation in the world, enables discovery through strong, behind-the-scenes support of research education and public service. Under formal contract with the university, the Foundation administers more than 5,000 sponsored programs being conducted at the 29 state-operated campuses of State University of New York.
Sponsored activities under way in almost every field, ranging from the arts to quantum physics, have a major impact on the quality of life in the state. SUNY researchers have pioneered nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, isolated the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, developed the first implantable heart pacemaker, and made hundreds of other innovative contributions. Today, the university ranks among the top ten research universities in the country in patenting new discoveries.
The Foundation employs more than 21,000 people around the state -- primarily on SUNY campuses -- to conduct research; deliver healthcare; train students, the disabled, and the unemployed; assist the New York State business community; and work in international development programs.
Overseeing the Foundation's operations is a Board of Directors composed of researchers, campus and university administrators, SUNY Trustees, and representatives of business and industry. The SUNY Chancellor serves as board chair ex officio.
The Research Foundation was established in 1951, and has facilitated research, education, and public service at 30 state-operated SUNY locations. The Foundation carries out its responsibilities pursuant to an agreement entered into in 1977 with the University.
The Research Foundation is a separate, private corporation, and as such is not supported by state appropriated tax dollars, nor does it receive support services provided to New York State agencies. The Foundation is responsible for its own financial, legal, and business systems; maintains its own personnel policies, employee fringe benefits program, and payroll services.
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