December 2018


NEW -  Important Information for Investigators with International Collaborations

Who's New in OSP?

Join us in welcoming Kathryn Joines to the OSP family. Kathryn recently joined our team as our Contracts and Clinical Trials Administrator. Her in-depth administrative and contract negotiation experience and knowledge of federal compliance regulations and policies that she has successfully applied in her previous roles in private industry, as well her advanced education in Business Communications make her a valuable asset to our office.

2019 Supplemental Retirement Contribution Limit

For 2019 the IRS maximum contributions to your Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA)  account is $19,000 per year. If you are 50 years of age or older you may contribute an additional $6,000 per year.  To update contribution amounts employees must log into the RF Employee Self Service Portal.

For questions regarding the Open Enrollment Period please call HRS Benefits at (631) 632-6180 or email


Updates to Paid Time Off

Effective January 1, 2019 the Research Foundation will increase the Family Sick day allowance from 15 days to a maximum of 25 days per calendar year.  This increased benefit allows employees to use accrued sick time for an immediate family member’s illness, injury or death.


In addition, Research Foundation employees may now take up to four hours of paid leave, including travel time, per calendar year to undertake screening for any type of cancer, without charging accruals.  For further information contact at (631) 632-6162 or email

New York State Paid Family Leave (NYSPFL)

Starting January 1, 2019, the NYSPFL benefit will increase and eligible employees will receive up to 55 percent of their average weekly wage for up to ten weeks, capped at the State’s Average Weekly Wage amount, which is currently $1,357.11. This amount is subject to change annually.  


Starting January 1, 2019, the deduction rate will increase to .153 percent of weekly earnings and will be capped annually at $107.97.


This leave may be taken to care for a family member, bond with a newborn child or for qualified military exigency leave. For more information regarding the NYSPFL, please call HRS Benefits at 2-6180.

Minimum Wage Rate Schedule

As of December 31, 2018, the minimum wage for Long Island will increase from $11.00 per hour to $12.00 per hour. The minimum wage for New York City will increase from $13.00 per hour to $15.00 per hour. Any Research Foundation Employee that is below the minimum will be increased to meet the new required hourly rate. For budgeting purposes, please see the chart below for future increases.

Minimum Wage Rate Schedule:

Location 12/31/17 12/31/18 12/31/19 12/31/20 12/31/21

Long Island & Westchester

$11.00 $12.00 $13.00 $14.00 $15.00
NYC $13.00 $15.00 TBD TBD TBD


Non-Exclusive Testing Agreement Executed with Tencent

Tencent, a Chinese telecom conglomerate, has signed a non-exclusive testing agreement with The Research Foundation for SUNY to test a two-factor user authentication technology using vision and acoustics for smart devices.  Developed by Dr. Fan Ye, EchoPrint, leverages face recognition and acoustic response verification on commodity smart devices without requiring any special sensors.

Exclusive License Agreement Executed with SCIVE Labs

SCIVE Labs, a Stony Brook Start-Up Company, has signed an exclusive license agreement with The Research Foundation for SUNY to develop a ground-breaking immersive reality technology developed by Dr. Arie Kaufman.  The SCIVE Labs solution provides 360° Visual Immersion for multiple persons, with conformal-mapping software and the highest-available display for optimal acuity to provide an authentic, genuine experience for the user. The presentation is generated by proprietary software that is driven by a proprietary configuration of a cluster of multiple GPUs. The technology enables “access to the unimaginably vast and the impenetrably small” and is embodied in several form factor implementations allowing a diverse set of configurations that are fit-for-purpose to meet a range of enterprise customer use cases.

SCIVE Labs provides deep-visual immersion with the ability to maintain context and clarity. Extreme collaboration and corroboration are the benefits of the deep-visually immersive technologies.

OTLIR Signs Exclusive License Agreement with InspiRx

InspiRx, a New Jersey/North Carolina based medical device/pharmaceutical company, has signed an exclusive license agreement with the Research Foundation for SUNY to develop a new pulmonary treatment for critical care patients in intensive care units.

The patented nebulizer device and system for delivering aerosolized antibiotics to patients on mechanical ventilators was invented by Dr. Gerald Smaldone, professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Stony Brook University, in collaboration with InspiRx. Read the full story here.


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