The University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc. (UGARF) is a 501 (c) (3) organization separate from the University of Georgia. It serves the University of Georgia (UGA) and enhances its excellence as a research institution by serving as the legal recipient of contracts and grants from industry, public and private non-profits, and government agencies for the performance of research and education. All research proposals from UGA Principal Investigators are submitted by the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP) to sponsors by UGARF and all awards are made to UGARF. UGARF subcontracts all research awards to UGA so that projects can be carried out.
Through the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO), UGARF performs the technology transfer function for the University, taking assignment of inventions, obtaining patent 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 royalty income to further support the research mission of the University.
Through its funding and contribution to the Georgia BioBusiness Center (GBBC), UGARF enables bioscience start-up companies to accelerate their growth through access to partnerships, business expertise, funding, facilities and equipment.