The Florida State University Research Foundation (FSURF) is a not-for-profit corporation, and a direct-support organization of Florida State University as provided for in Section 1004.28, Florida Statutes. FSURF was formally established by the Florida Board of Regents in September 1993.
FSURF serves as the principal conduit for the Office of Commercialization, whereby the products of university research are made available to the marketplace. FSURF is the assignee of the University's Intellectual Property (IP), and therefore, is the fiscal agent for all activities with respect to the commercialization of the IP.
FSURF promotes and encourages, and provides assistance to, the research and training activities of faculty, staff and students at FSU.
Scam - Fraudulent Purchase Orders
We want to alert you to a nationwide fraud scam that is targeting suppliers at colleges across the country. Please take precautions so that you are not a victim of this scam.
The fraud scam involves purchase orders and requests for product quotations that purport to originate from the Florida State University Research Foundation but are in fact fraudulent.
According to multiple schools, the emails request quotes for specific merchandise. Later, a purchase order is emailed to the business that bears resemblance to an authentic Florida State University Research Foundation purchase order. The purchase order instructs delivery to an address not affiliated with the University.
After shipping the merchandise, the business never receives payment and is unable to retrieve the mailed products.
If an order is received by email, please alert your staff to hover over the address to see if it was sent from an address that contains an ending of “@fsu.edu”.
In addition, please confirm the address for any suspicious or large dollar orders, with the ordering department. All orders for Florida State University Research Foundation should be delivered only to official Florida State University addresses. If you are not sure whether an order is a valid University purchase order or quote, please contact Holly Newell at 644-8138 for verification.
Procurement Services at Florida State University Research Foundation appreciates the very important role our suppliers play in providing goods and services to our faculty and staff in support of their academic and research endeavors. If your company has been contacted, please report incidents using the Internet Crime Complaint Center to file a complaint. www.ic3.gov
Submissions to this site are monitored by the appropriate Federal Agencies for on-line scams.
If your company has shipped an order based on a fraudulent PO issued under the FSU name and are facing a financial loss, please also contact your local law enforcement agency.