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. Sign in to RDE applications and reportingView Research and Development Excellence award recipients.

  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. Sign in to COMM applications and reporting. View Kentucky Commercialization Fund award recipients

  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). View SBIR/STTR Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero 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. View Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds 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. Download the PDF: KSEF-Managed Programs Impact. View Our SBIR/STTR Funded Companies.

KSEF logo classic KSEF-Managed Programs Impact

KSEF logo classic Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center and SBIR/STTR Events
  The Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center -- www.kysbir.com
  SBIR/STTR workshops and conferences

KSEF logo classic SBIR/STTR Connect

Join the KSEF Team for the SBIR/STTR Connect monthly events. These networking events are free and open to the public and include Q&A, networking, and the latest news on SBIR/STTR to help improve and expand your knowledge, understanding, and involvement - whether you are an experienced awardee or new to SBIR/STTR.

Please click here to SIGN UP so we can arrange for appetizers, and also provide you with site-specific topic and location details. Be sure to designate your site preference for either SBIR Connect-Lexington or SBIR Connect-Louisville.

SBIR Connect-Lexington meets the second Tuesday of each month, 4:00-6:00 PM at Chatham's Restaurant, 496 East High Street, Lexington. SBIR Connect-Louisville meets the second Thursday of each month, 4:00-6:00 PM at I-Hub, 204 South Floyd Street, Louisville.

KSEF logo classic Program Books, Presentations, and Poster Abstracts
Federal SBIR/STTR Road Tour and 2015 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference - including presentations and speaker biosKIEC
  Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference (KIEC)
KIEC 2014 Program Book
  Presentations and program books from other previous KSEF events are also posted on Issuu.

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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 & Announcements

Kentucky Commercialization Fund COMM-017 University-Specific On-Site Informational Sessions -- read more details

AUG 13: EVENT SBIR Connect-Louisville
4:00-6:00 PM - at I-Hub, 204 South Floyd Street, Louisville. Open to the public. Free.

COMM-017 Pre-Proposal application deadline 4:00 PM to KSEF

AUG 20: EVENT SBIR Connect-Lexington
4:00-6:00 PM - at Commerce Lexington, Conference Room, 330 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Open to the public. Free.

Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline 10:00 AM to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting September 2015.

SEPT 16 and 17: EVENT Workshop
Two-day SBIR/STTR intensive writing workshop.

Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline 10:00 AM to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting October 2015.

COMM-017 Full Proposal application deadline 4:00 PM to KSEF

Need Help?

Contact us at KSEFPM@kstc.com.
Our office is open Monday-Friday

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