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KSU Research and Service Foundation

Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation


Institutional Function

The Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation (KSURSF), Inc. is the contracting entity for externally funded projects at KSU. KSURSF was incorporated under Georgia law as a nonprofit corporation on September 7, 2005 and was granted 501(c) (3) status on December 20, 2007, with August 29, 2005 as the effective date of exemption. KSURSF serves Kennesaw State University as a University System of Georgia-approved cooperative organization.

KSURSF is the applicant institution for all proposals for external funding, and awarded projects are subcontracted to KSU under a master agreement between the KSURSF and the University. KSURSF also manages the fiscal affairs for special purpose institutes and centers affiliated with the University.

KSURSF manages intellectual property and performs technology transfer functions for the University, taking assignment of inventions; obtaining patent, trademark, and copyright or other intellectual property protection; working with faculty to patent discoveries that have commercial and economic potential; and licensing inventions to the private sector in return for sharing royalty income with the faculty inventors to further the research mission of the University and support expanded faculty scholarship opportunities. KSURSF may also secure venture capital to support incubators and startups for relevant intellectual property development by KSU faculty and staff.

Board of Directors

Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer
W. Ken Harmon

KSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chief Operating Officer
Charles J. Amlaner

KSU Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate College

Board Members
Mark L. Anderson

KSU Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics

Director, KSURSF Operations and Non-Voting Secretary
Carolyn Elliott-Farino

KSU Executive Director, Office of Research

Contacts and Frequently Used Information


Anna McCoy
Anna McCoy
Senior Accountant, Reporting and Compliance

Phone: (470) 578-6984

Nikki Roux
Nikki Roux
Accountant, Client Services

Phone: (470) 578-3637

Allyson Hogan
Allyson Hogan
Accountant, Accounts Payable

Phone: (470) 578-7839

Mailing Address:

Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation
1000 Chastain Road
Mail Stop 0111
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144-5591


General questions:
Proposals and submissions:
Requests for payments and invoices:
Requests to issue invoices to funding agencies:

Frequently Asked Questionspdf icon

1.) I would like to open an account with KSURSF. What do I need to do?

Submit a completed and signed KSURSF Project Initiation Form to Carolyn Elliott-Farino.

2.) Which expenses are allowed?

Any State allowable expense of $5,000 or less that is directly related to a specific project will be allowed by KSURSF with no prior review. Expenses must be reasonable and allowable under project terms and conditions. As a guideline, meals that include only KSU employees should not exceed GSA rates. Expenses not allowed by the State are subject to review and may be denied; if in doubt, contact KSURSF prior to purchase. ALL purchases greater than $5,000 MUST include a pre-purchase review. For all purchases that require further review, please contact

3.) Can I get paid by KSURSF? Can I pay any faculty through KSURSF?

Please contact about paying faculty. Only KSURSF approved faculty expenses will be paid.

4.) I have an invoice. How do I get it paid from a KSURSF account?

Invoices submitted for reimbursement should be no more than 20 days old. Please see FAQ no. 2 for allowable expenses. Submit a completed KSURSF Payment Request Form with a detailed and itemized invoice to Accounts Payable. Submit one request form per each invoice.

5.) I have already paid for some project expenses, including travel, and would like to be reimbursed from a KSURSF account. What do I need to do?

Invoices submitted for reimbursement should be no more than 90 days old. Please see FAQ no. 2 for allowable expenses. Submit a completed KSURSF Payment Request Form with a detailed and itemized invoice to Accounts Payable.

6.) I used my personal vehicle for project-related activities. How do I get reimbursed from my KSURSF account?

7.) I need a cash advance from my KSURSF account. What do I need to do?

8.) I need to hire a consultant. What do I need to do?

If you intend to pay a consultant $5,000 or less from your KSURSF account, please submit a detailed invoice from the consultant, including a statement of work, and a payment request form to Accounts Payable.
For consulting services that will cost more than $5,000, a consulting agreement will need to be completed. Please contact The consulting agreement must be signed by the consultant and the KSURSF COO or delegated signatory. To process the payment, please submit the completed consulting agreement, a detailed invoice, and a payment request form to Accounts Payable.

9.) I see that there is a KSURSF Grant Closeout Form. What is that?

Once your project is finished, KSURSF will send you this completed form to sign.

Intellectual Property Policy

Kennesaw State University is dedicated to teaching, research, and the extension of knowledge to the public. Among its primary objectives are the creation and publication of scholarly writings, artistic and literary works, and the development of new and useful devices, processes, and computer software. Such activities may:

  • contribute to the professional development of the faculty, staff, and students involved;
  • enhance the reputation of the University;
  • provide additional educational opportunities for participating students; and
  • promote the general welfare of the public at large.

Through individual effort and initiative, aided only incidentally by University resources, faculty, staff, and students can develop written and other scholarly works which may be subject to copyright and which may generate royalty income for the author. Scholarly works can also result from work supported either partially or primarily by the University. When this occurs, the University has an interest in insuring and expediting the development, marketing, and utilization of the intellectual property. In some instances, intellectual property may become, in whole or in part, the property of the Board of Regents. At the same time, the rights, privileges, and incentives of the scholar(s) must be preserved.

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents policy on Intellectual Properties should be consulted for specifics. The KSU Research and Service Foundation is the agent charged with implementing this policy for Kennesaw State University.

Members of the Kennesaw State University community engaged in scholarly pursuits are encouraged to contact the Vice President for Research for additional information.