KSEF: The Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation

KSEF logo classic KSEF: Advancing R&D, New Product Development,
and Commercialization in Kentucky

The Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) invests in research and development activity to promote innovation, new product development and commercialization, to advance new ideas and technologies that could add value to scientific and economic growth in Kentucky. To this end KSEF manages four funding programs:

  Research and Development Excellence Program (RDE) -- targets excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky, through innovation and technology development in existing and emerging areas of research, with a peer-reviewed competitive selection process. (RDE applications and reporting: http://applications.kstc.com).

  Kentucky Commercialization Fund Program (COMM) -- supports efforts made by faculty in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to commercialize a technology, product, or process that they have developed but not yet licensed. (COMM applications and reporting: http://commfund.kstc.com).

  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero Program (PZ/DZ) -- funds the development of Federal Phase I and Phase II proposals for Kentucky-based Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR).

  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program -- provides grants for additional work tasks and activities supporting and complementary to Federal Phase I or Federal Phase II Awards.

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The Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation, created under the Kentucky Innovation Act of 2000, is an initiative of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) managed in partnership with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). KSTC is a private nonprofit enterprise founded in 1987 to enhance capacity of people, firms and organizations, to use science and technology to effectively compete in the global market place.

KSEF logo classic KSEF: Managed Programs Impact

KSEF Managed Programs Impact -- This one-page PDF includes ROI, follow on funding, patented technological innovations, new businesses formed, young investigator awards and NSF career awards, peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and young scientists and engineers trained corresponding to the four funding programs managed by KSEF. These programs support ideas and technologies in Biosciences, Environmental and Energy Technologies, Human Health and Development, Information Technology and Communications, and Materials Science and Advanced Manufacturing.

KSEF logo classic KSEF: Advancing SBIR/STTR in Kentucky

KSEF also manages the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center and organizes SBIR/STTR events (workshops, conferences, SBIR Connect) to help innovators, entrepreneurs, and technology-oriented small businesses advance their innovative concepts into products and technologies for commercialization through SBIR/STTR.

SBIR Connect -- Connect with others at the free monthly SBIR Connect events. Whether you're near Lexington or Louisville, someone who is new to SBIR/STTR or an experienced awardee, join us at SBIR Connect each month. Share your SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) experiences, and learn tips on winning SBIR/STTR grants. For location-specific updates, send your name, email, and group preference (Lexington or Louisville) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Get connected!

KSEF logo classic KSEF: Program Books, Poster Abstracts, Presentations

KIECKSEF organizes the annual Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (KIEC). Program books, poster abstracts, speaker bios, and session presentations are available on the KIEC website. Presentations and program books from other KSEF events, including the 2014 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference, are also posted on Issuu.

News & Announcements

April 20:  Presentations from the March 24 Federal SBIR/STTR Road Tour and 2015 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference are now posted.

APRIL 29:  PZ/DZ Deadline

10:00 AM Application deadline to KSEF 
for Federal due dates starting July 2015.

APRIL 30: KY SBIR/STTR Matching Funds
4:00 PM Round 27 application deadline.

MAY 12:  SBIR Connect-Lexington
4:00-6:00 PM at Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington. Open to the public. Free.

MAY 14:  SBIR Connect-Louisville
4:00-6:00 PM at I-Hub, 204 South Floyd Street, Louisville. Open to the public. Free.

MAY 27:  PZ/DZ Deadline
10:00 AM Application deadline to KSEF 
for Federal due dates starting August 2015.

JUNE 24: PZ/DZ Deadline
10:00 AM Application deadline to KSEF
for Federal due dates starting September 2015.

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