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.

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.

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).

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.

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. View the award recipients for these programs: RDE, KCF, SBIR/STTR PZ/DZ, and SBIR/STTR Matching Funds.

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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 -- including ROI, follow on funding, patented technological innovations, new businesses formed, young investigator awards and NSF career awards, peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, young scientists and engineers trained.

Presentations and Program Books from many KSEF events, including the 2014 Kentucky SBIR/STTR Annual Conference and KIEC, are are posted on Issuu.
For more information on the annual Kentucky Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference, visit the KIEC website

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

SEPT 24 - Application Deadline
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline to KSEF 10:00 AM ET, for Federal due dates starting 12-2014

OCT 9 - SBIR Connect-Louisville
Free, 4:00-6:00 PM at I-Hub, 204 South Floyd Street, Louisville

OCT 14 - SBIR Connect-Lexington
Free, 4:00-6:00 PM at Village Host, 431 Old Vine Street, Lexington

OCT 14-15 - SBIR/STTR Workshop
register hereSBIR/STTR Phase I
Proposal Development
Workshop, NIH Focus,
with speaker Lisa Kurek
in Lexington:
Registration Is OPEN

OCT 29 - Application Deadline
Phase Zero and Phase Double Zero application deadline to KSEF 10:00 AM ET, for Federal due dates starting 01-2015

January - STTR Phase I workshop, STTR focus, in Louisville
March - SBIR/STTR Phase II workshop, general focus, in Lexington

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