KSEF: The Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation

KSEF logo classic KSEF: Advancing R&D, New Product Development,
Commercialization, and SBIR/STTR 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. Click here for the searchable database of RDE award recipients. Application and reporting for RDE: http://applications.kstc.com 

  Kentucky Commercialization Fund (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. Click here for the searchable database of COMM award recipients. Application and reporting for COMM: http://commfund.kstc.com.

  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero (PZ/DZ) -- funds the development and preparation of Federal Phase I and Phase II proposals for Kentucky-based Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR). Click here for the searchable database of these award recipients.

  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. Click here for the searchable database of these award recipients.

These programs support ideas and technologies in five priority research areas: Biosciences, Environmental and Energy Technologies, Human Health and Development, Information Technology and Communications, and Materials Science and Advanced Manufacturing.


KSEF logo classic KSEF-Managed Programs Impact

  View/download the PDF of "KSEF-Managed Programs Impact"
  Company descriptions and websites for "Our SBIR/STTR Funded Companies"


KSEF logo classic KSEF Events and Resources
  
  KSEF Events -- SBIR Connect in Lexington and Louisville, clinics, webinars...KIEC
  The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center -- www.kysbir.com
  Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship "KIEC" 2014 Program Book
  Other KSEF event publications/presentations are also posted on Issuu.


Created under the Kentucky Innovation Act of 2000, KSEF is an initiative of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) and is 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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APRIL 26 - Application Deadline
10:00 AM Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application submission deadline to KSEF, for Federal Phase I and Phase II due dates starting July 2016. Learn more and apply.

MAY 10 - SBIR Connect-Lexington
SBIR Connect-LEXINGTON, 4:00-6:00 PM at Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Learn more.

MAY 12 - SBIR Connect-Louisville
SBIR Connect-LOUISVILLE, 4:00-6:00 PM at August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206. Learn more.

MAY 24 - Application Deadline
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application submission deadline to KSEF, for Federal Phase I and Phase II due dates starting Aug 2016. Learn more and apply.

JUNE 9 - SBIR Connect-Louisville
SBIR Connect-LOUISVILLE, 4:00-6:00 PM at August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206. Learn more.

JUNE 14 - SBIR Connect-Lexington
SBIR Connect-LEXINGTON, 4:00-6:00 PM at Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Learn more.

JUNE 20 - Application Deadline
10:00 AM Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application submission deadline to KSEF, for Federal Phase I and Phase II due dates starting Sept 2016. Learn more and apply.