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WKU Research Foundation


In December 1998, President Gary Ransdell directed that the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Inc. (WKURF) be formed to facilitate and expedite scholarship at WKU. His vision resulted in approval of the WKURF by the WKU Board of Regents in September 1999, by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in November 1999, and by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit to serve the educational needs of WKU and the community in February 2000. Since July 1, 2001 the WKURF has become operational as the unaffiliated fiscal agent of most external funds from grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements.

Role of WKURF

The WKU Research Foundation (RF) Board is composed of members with expertise in various areas of science, technology, entrepreneurship, business development, economic development, and fundraising.  Because of the expertise of its members, this Board has the potential to connect resources to advance initiatives developed at WKU by faculty and students.  For example, these resources could include:

  • Digital Marketing
  • The Kentucky Innovation Network
  • Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
  • Regional Small Business Development Center
  • Intellectual Property Committee
  • Engineering and Manufacturing Commercialization Center
  • WKU Student Business Accelerator
  • Regional Entrepreneurs
  • Others

The RF Board is interested in facilitating the connection of these resources to several campus initiatives that will support their growth and long term viability.


In an effort to identify faculty and/or student initiatives that have the potential to be advanced, the RF Board plans to recognize WKU’s “Top Ten Topper Initiatives”, T3.  These initiatives could include an innovative idea, a research center, a new device, a professional service lab, etc.  One RF Board member will serve as a point of contact to match the needs of the initiative with the resources that it needs for advancement.  In an effort to identify a broad group of potential initiatives, a Call for Applications will be sent to all faculty and students. 

The RF Board believes that a significant opportunity exists to impact the advancement of faculty and student research/scholarly initiatives through the creation of an interactive Digital Platform that shares the products of intellectual activity with the widest audience.   Thus the RF Board plans to build a cross-campus digital research presence that focuses on advancing initiatives as well as research and scholarly outcomes and their impacts.  Those chosen for inclusion in the “Top Ten” will be awarded the full expertise and connections of the RF Board as well as full web-based services through the new Digital Platform for marketing their initiative.

Role of the RF Board

  • Support the education and research missions of WKU and promote its scholarly and entrepreneurial research
  • Facilitate connections between available regional and WKU resources to support the advancement of innovative ideas, initiatives, centers/labs, etc.
  • Create a campus-wide digital platform to market and develop a cross-campus research/innovation presence
  • Monitor the quarterly financial activity of the WKURF


Contact Us

Office of Research
WKU Research Foundation
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11026
Bowling Green,  Kentucky 42101-1026



WKU Research Foundation

The WKU Research Foundation is located in Potter Hall, Room 301.

Potter Hall is across Alumni Drive from Wetherby Administration Building. Metered parking spaces are located on Alumni Drive and in the Old Fort Lot behind Potter Hall.



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 Last Modified 8/11/16