History and Purpose
In December 1998, President Gary Ransdell directed that the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Inc. (WKURF) be formed to facilitate and expedite scholarship at Western. His vision resulted in approval of the WKURF by the WKU Board of Regents in September 1999, by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in November 1999, and by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit to serve the educational needs of WKU and the community in February 2000. Since July 1, 2001 the WKURF has become operational as the unaffiliated fiscal agent of most external funds from grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.
The rapid growth of external funding in the form of grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements stimulated the formation of the WKURF. With the WKURF as the fiscal agent for WKU on external proposals and awards, the efforts of WKU's faculty and staff members, along with their students, have increased external awards from $11,500,000 in FY97 to nearly $32,000,000 in FY06. The foundation is thus a big step to the next level of funding. But the figures are not as important as the research, instruction, and public service programs that these funds make possible. New programs to increase student learning and faculty development are the results of these combined efforts. New positions in all of the academic colleges and many support units have invigorated WKU with activities and infrastructures that would not have been possible under state funding alone.
The WKURF provides many services that would not otherwise be available to the university. It promotes financial flexibility, provides incentives for intellectual property opportunities, provides customized services for contracting with business and industry, and, most importantly, helps WKU to attract and retain quality researchers. The WKURF accomplishes these services by promoting the development, implementation, and coordination of extramurally-funded sponsored programs. The investment policy of the Board of Directors has the potential for providing even more incentives to best accomplish our educational purposes.
Office of Research
WKU Research Foundation
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11026
Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101-1026
WKU Research Foundation
The WKU Research Foundation is located in Potter Hall, Room 301.
Potter Hall is across Alumni Drive from Wetherby Administration Building. Metered parking spaces are located on Alumni Drive and in the Old Fort Lot behind Potter Hall.
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