The Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation: KSEF

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 the following programs*:

  Research and Development Excellence Program (RDE)
  Kentucky Commercialization Fund (COMM) 
  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero Program (PZ/DZ)
  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program


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 Fellow" -- an honor conferred by KSTC through KSEF, bestowed to distinguished persons to recognize significant contributions to the advance of excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky. Learn more.

KSEF logo classic KSEF-Managed Programs Impact



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"And the winners are..."

Research and Development Excellence (RDE) Award Recipients
Kentucky Commercialization Fund (COMM) Award Recipients
Kentucky Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero Award Recipients

Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Award Recipients
Our SBIR/STTR Funded Companies



KSEF logo classic About KSEF
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.

News and Events

SBIR Connect-LEXINGTON
December 13, Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM
Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Sign up.

RDE-020 Deadline
January 6, Friday 4:00 PM
Full Proposal application online submission must be COMPLETED by 4:00 PM ET

SBIR Connect-LEXINGTON
January 10, Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM
Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Sign up.

SBIR Connect-LOUISVILLE
January 12, Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM
August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206. Sign up.

PZ/DZ Deadline
January 30, 2017, Monday 10:00 AM
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting April 2017.

SAVE THE DATE
February 7, Tuesday 8:00AM-5:00 PM
SBIR/STTR Phase II Workshop, General Focus, with Jim Greenwood in Lexington.

SBIR COnnect-LOUISVILLE
February 9, Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM
August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206. Sign up.

SBIR Connect-LEXINGTON
February 14, Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM
Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Sign up.


PZ/DZ Deadline
February 27, Monday 10:00 AM
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting May 2017.