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.

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.

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.

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.
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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. Follow @KSEF_Team on Twitter for the latest news and announcements on events and training opportunities.

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

NOV 25:  PZ/DZ Deadline
10AM Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting February and March 2015

DEC 9:  SBIR Connect-Lexington
4:00-6:00 PM at JDI Grille, 319 Cedar Street, second floor, Lexington, KY 40507. Free.
Please RSVP to KSEFPM@kstc.com


DEC 11:  SBIR Connect-Louisville
4:00-6:00 PM at I-Hub, 204 South Floyd Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Free.
Please RSVP to KSEFPM@kstc.com


DEC 22:  RDE-018 Deadline
4PM Submission deadline for Full Proposals

JAN 5:  RDE-018 Deadline
4PM Submission deadline
for signed cover and budget (note: deadline extended to Jan 5, instead of Dec 29, due to the holidays
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JAN 28:  PZ/DZ Deadline
10AM Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting
April 2015

COMING IN 2015
March -- SBIR/STTR Phase II Workshop, General Focus, in Lexington

Need Help?

K-SeffyIf you need help or have questions, contact us at KSEFPM@kstc.com. Our office is open Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM.

For the latest news and announcements on new funding opportunities and events, follow @KSEF_Team on Twitter and sign up for KSEF emails.

Also see "Helpful Links" at the bottom of this page for the most frequently requested links.