Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation: KSEF

About KSEF

The Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation (KSEF) invests in R&D activities to promote innovation, advancing ideas and technologies that add value to the scientific and economic growth of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The KSEF Team provides one-on-one counseling, organizes training events and outreach, manages programs, and coordinates the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center.

KSEF is an initiative of the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC), managed in partnership with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Himanshu Thapliyal

Himanshu Thapliyal's research* is featured on the front cover of IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Volume 54, Issue 7, July 2018 (read more)

supported by the Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation with the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation under Grant KSEF-3526-RDE-019

KSEF-Managed Programs Impact (updated 10.10.2017)

  3,342 = Manuscripts & Book Chapters Published by KSEF Awardees
  2,395 = Young Scientists & Engineers Trained by KSEF Awardees
  495 = SBIR/STTR Participants Outreached in FY2017
  112 = Patented Technologies by KSEF Awardees
  71 = KSEF Awardees Formed New Businesses
  23 = Distinguished Young Investigator Awards Received by KSEF Awardees
  22:1 = Return on Investment: Research & Development Excellence
  21:1 = Return on Investment: KY SBIR/STTR Phase Zero & Double Zero

Search Award Recipients

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divot KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds: Rounds 1-33

PI Reporting Log In

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KSEF Event Partners & SBIR Supporters


KSEF outreach events and training are made possible by the support of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation. KSTC and KSEF acknowledge the support of the U.S. Small Business Administration through the Federal State and Technology Grant Award #SBAHQ-17-G-0010.

KSEF Fellows

KSEF Fellow is an honor conferred by KSTC through KSEF. The honor is bestowed to distinguished persons to recognize their significant contributions to the advancement of excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky.

Need Help?

Book a conference call with KSEF Executive Director, 
Maria Labreveux, PhD

KSEF office hours 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday Eastern Time

News & Events

NIH/NCI SBIR Seminar "Current & New Funding Opportunities", followed by pre-scheduled one-on-ones.
Click here to register. Lexington event details. Speaker bio: Greg Evans, PhD
NIH/NCI SBIR Seminar "Current & New Funding Opportunities", followed by pre-scheduled one-on-ones.
Click here to register. Louisville event details. Speaker bio: Greg Evans, PhD
SBIR/STTR Grants Accounting Webinar "SBIR/STTR Accounting For Your Startup: What You Need To Know".
Click here to register. Webinar details. Speaker bio:
 George Moker, CPA
We do not have news to share about UPAIR at this time. An update is anticipated in August.
 SBIR Connect
 Enjoy summer break; there are no KSEF SBIR Connect events in July.
There are no SBIR/STTR Phase Zero or Double Zero application submissions to KSEF in July.