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About the Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation

The Mission

The Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation, Inc.(GSURSF), is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that fosters and promotes the research, service, and educational missions of Georgia Southern University. The Foundation functions as a cooperative organization to the University and is subject to and complies with all policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia regarding cooperative organizations. The Foundation obtains grants and contractual obligations from individuals, government and public agencies, industry sponsors and private organizations to support research, instruction, and service activities at Georgia Southern University.

The GSURSF is the applicant institution for all proposals for external funding and projects selected for funding are awarded in the name of the Foundation. Through a memorandum of understanding with the University, the GSURSF assigns the awards to the University for performance, providing the various academic and support units of the University with the financial means needed to carry out research projects and various external educational and service programs.

GSURSF also 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.

From time to time, GSURSF also funds competitive internal grants to support promising research projects and occasionally provides ad hoc support to enhance the name recognition and reputation of the University.

The People

Krista Briel
Associate Director
Phone: (912) 478-5121

Susan Hutchins
Accountant I
Phone: (912) 478-2459

Board of Directors

The Foundation’s board officers and members can be found here.

Annual Reports

Audited financial statements dating back to 2007 can be found here.

Governing Documents

The bylaws of the Georgia Southern University Research and Service Foundation (approved June 24, 2020) are available here.



Debit Card


General Fund Request

Human Subjects Incentive Payments


Annual 990 Form






Last updated: 8/18/2022