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.

The KSEF Team also manages the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center - www.kysbir.com 

"KSEF Fellow"  is an honor conferred by the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), through the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF). The honor is bestowed to distinguished persons to recognize their significant contributions to the advancement of excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky, helping foster a science and engineering innovation-based entrepreneurial culture in the Commonwealth.
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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 Event Partners
KSEF events are made possible in part by the support of these event partners:
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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.


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Office hours 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday

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News and Events

January 30 - Monday 10:00 AM
SBIR/STTR PZ and DZ DEADLINE
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting April 2017.
 Application Information  
 Schedule a Conference Call



February 7 - Tuesday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
SBIR/STTR Phase II Development Strategies
with Jim Greenwood; Embassy Suites Lexington, 1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511. Registration required.
 Event Details
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February 9 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM
SBIR CONNECT - LOUISVILLE
August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206  
 Sign Up


February 14 - Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM
SBIR CONNECT - LEXINGTON
Chatham's Restaurant, 469 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507 
 Sign Up


February 27 - Monday 10:00 AM
SBIR/STTR PZ and DZ DEADLINE
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting May 2017.
 Application Information 
 Schedule a Conference Call


March 9 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM
SBIR CONNECT - LOUISVILLE
August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206  
 Sign Up


March 14 - Tuesday 4:00-6:00 PM
SBIR CONNECT - LEXINGTON
Chatham's Restaurant, 469 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40507 
 Sign Up


March 27 - Monday 10:00 AM
SBIR/STTR PZ and DZ DEADLINE
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting June 2017.
 Application Information 
 Schedule a Conference Call