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, and build a pipeline of new ideas and technologies that could add value to the 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. View the RDE award recipients. Access online application and reporting for RDE.

Kentucky Commercialization Fund Program - KCF 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. View the KCF award recipients. Access online application and reporting for KCF.

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). View the SBIR/STTR PZ/DZ 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 the SBIR/STTR Matching Funds awardees.

These programs support ideas and technologies in (1) Biosciences, (2) Environmental and Energy Technologies, (3) Human Health and Development, (4) Information Technology and Communications, and (5) 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.

KSEF logo classic KSEF: Managed Programs Impact and Presentations

KSEF Managed Programs Impact at a glance -- 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.
KSEF organizes the annual Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference "KIEC". For poster abstracts, speaker bios, session presentations, and access to program books, visit the KIEC website.

Presentations and Program Books from many KSEF events, including the 2014 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference and KIEC, 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), 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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News & Announcements

OCT 31: RDE-018
Full Proposal invitations announced; Full Proposal opens

NOV 11 at 4PM:  SBIR Connect-Lexington
free at Village Host, 431 Old Vine Street, Lexington

NOV 13 at 4PM:  SBIR Connect-Louisville
free at I-Hub, 204 South Floyd Street, Louisville

NOV 26 at 10AM:  PZ/DZ Deadline
Application deadline to KSEF, for Federal due dates starting 02-2015 and 03-2015

DEC 22 at 4PM:  RDE-018 Deadline
Deadline for Full Proposal submission

JAN 5 at 4PM:  RDE-018 Deadline
Submission deadline
for signed cover and budget (note: this deadline is extended until Jan 5, instead of Dec 29, due to the holidays

January: STTR Phase I Workshop, STTR Focus
March: SBIR/STTR Phase II Workshop, General Focus

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