University of Kentucky Research Foundation

Research leading to new knowledge and the transfer of this new knowledge through teaching and service are two of the major responsibilities of the University of Kentucky. The University of Kentucky Research Foundation (UKRF), a not-for-profit Kentucky corporation, was established in 1945 to receive, invest, and expend funds to promote and implement scientific, education, and developmental activities at UK. UKRF serves as the university's agent in the receipt of all external grants and contracts, intellectual property income and other designated income; oversees the protection, development, and commercialization of intellectual properties; and manages special cooperative agreements. 

2018-2019 UKRF Board of Directors

  • Eli Capilouto, UK President, ex-officio *
  • Lisa Cassis, Executive Director and Vice President for Research, ex-officio *
  • Robert Grossman, UK Board of Trustees member 
  • Vacant, UK Board of Trustees member
  • Suzanne Smith, UK faculty member 
  • Bret Smith, UK faculty member *
  • Kris Kimel, public member
  • Mary Vore, public member
  • Eric Monday, Executive Vice President for Finance & Administration, ex-officio
  • Mark F. Newman, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, ex-officio *
  • David W. Blackwell, Provost, ex-officio *

*Executive Committee


  • President, Eli Capilouto
  • Vice President, Lisa Cassis
  • Executive Director, Lisa Cassis
  • Secretary, Jack Supplee
  • Treasurer, Susan Krauss