Four Sources of Research Foundation (RF) Income

RF Financial Concepts 101 

Understanding the Business of the RF


Module 1: Understanding RF Sources of Income 

Four Sources of Research Foundation (RF) Income

The RF's sources of income include funds generated from:

  • Sponsored Programs Administration
  • Royalties from Licenses
  • Contracted Services
  • Investment

What the Data Shows

The biggest piece of the pie, contracts and grants awarded to faculty, includes direct dollars (awarded for things like lab equipment that can be identified specifically with a particular sponsored project) and indirect dollars (reimbursements by sponsors for things like utilities that cannot be directly and uniquely assigned to any particular project).

Total income for 2016 is expected to be over $1 billion, 69% of which will be spent on research programs.

image of a lab at UAlbany

The RF manages nearly $1 billion of externally-sponsored activity each year.

Where to Find More Information 

Please refer to the 2016 Operating Plan.