Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation: 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.

KSEF is an initiative of the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC), managed in partnership with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

The KSEF Team provides one-on-one counseling, manages funding programs, organizes training events and outreach, and coordinates the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center.

    divot  One-on-One Counseling
    divot  KSEF Training Events & Outreach
    divot  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center

    divot  Program - Research & Development Excellence (RDE) -- ROI 22:1  
    divot  Program - Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero & Double Zero -- ROI 21:1

    divot  New Program - University Partnership with Industry Research (UPAIR) 

    divot  Log In - Research & Development Excellence Reporting
    divot  Log In - Kentucky Commercialization Fund Reporting
    divot  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds: Rounds 1-33

      Search Award Recipients - Research & Development Excellence
      Search Award Recipients - Kentucky SBIR/STTR PZ & DZ

KSEF-Managed Programs Impact (updated 10.10.2017)

  • ROI 22:1 = Research & Development Excellence
  • ROI 21:1 = Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero & Double Zero
  • 3,342 = Manuscripts and Book Chapters Published
  • 2,395 = Young Scientists and 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

KSEF Partners and Event Supporters

KSEF events are made possible by the generous support of event partners. The valuable support of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in funding KSEF (organizers of the event) is greatly acknowledged. KSEF outreach events and training are also made possible by the generous support of these event partners and SBIR supporters:

SBA KSTC and KSEF acknowledge the support of the 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, 
Dr. Maria Labreveux.

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

News and Events

SBIR/STTR Phase Zero/Double Zero Deadline
May 29 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting August 2018
SBIR Connect-Lexington
 June 12 - Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM
Alexander Bullitt's Winery & Bistro, 319 Cedar Street & South Broadway, Lexington, KY 40507
 SBIR Connect-Louisville
 June 14 10 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM
August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206
SBIR/STTR Phase Zero/Double Zero Deadline
June 26 - Monday 10:00 AM ET
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting September 2018