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. 

2019-20 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, Term Expires: September 30, 2020
  • Michael Christian, UK Board of Trustees member *, Term Expries: September 30, 2021
  • Suzanne Smith, UK faculty member, Term Expires: June 30, 2021
  • Bret Smith, UK faculty member *, Term Expires: June 30, 2022
  • Kris Kimel, public member, Term Expires: June 30, 2020
  • Mary Vore Iwamoto, public member, Term Expires: June 30, 2021
  • 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