Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation: KSEF


The Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation (KSEF) invests in R&D activities to promote innovation, advancing ideas and technologies that add value to the scientific and economic growth of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The KSEF Team provides one-on-one counseling, organizes training events and outreach, manages funding programs, and coordinates the Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center.

KSEF is an initiative of the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC), managed in partnership with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

    divot  One-on-One Counseling
    divot  KSEF Training Events & Outreach
    divot  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Resource Center

    divot  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero & Double Zero -- The Program -- ROI 21:1
      Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero & Double Zero -- Search Award Recipients

    divot  University Partnership with Industry Research (UPAIR) -- The Program 

    divot  Research & Development Excellence (RDE) -- The Program -- ROI 22:1
    divot  Research & Development Excellence -- Reporting Log In 
      Research & Development Excellence -- Search Award Recipients 

    divot  Kentucky Commercialization Fund Reporting -- Reporting Log In

    divot  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds: Rounds 1-33
    divot  Kentucky SBIR/STTR Matching Funds: Rounds 1-33 -- Search Award Recipients

KSEF-Managed Programs Impact
(updated 10.10.2017)

  • ROI 22:1 = Research & Development Excellence
  • ROI 21:1 = Kentucky SBIR/STTR Phase Zero & Double Zero
  • 3,342 = Manuscripts and Book Chapters Published
  • 2,395 = Young Scientists and Engineers Trained by KSEF Awardees
  • 495 = SBIR/STTR Participants Outreached in FY2017
  • 112 = Patented Technologies by KSEF Awardees
  • 71 = KSEF Awardees Formed New Businesses
  • 23 = Distinguished Young Investigator Awards Received by KSEF Awardees

KSEF Partners and Event Supporters

KSEF events are made possible by the generous support of event partners. The valuable support of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education in funding KSEF (organizers of the event) is greatly acknowledged. KSEF outreach events and training are also made possible by the generous support of these event partners and SBIR supporters:

SBA KSTC and KSEF acknowledge the support of the Small Business Administration through the Federal State and Technology Grant Award #SBAHQ-17-G-0010.

KSEF Fellows

KSEF Fellow is an honor conferred by KSTC through KSEF. The honor is bestowed to distinguished persons to recognize their significant contributions to the advancement of excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky.

Need Help?

Book a conference call with KSEF Executive Director, 
Dr. Maria Labreveux.

KSEF office hours 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday Eastern Time

News and Events

 SBIR Connect-Louisville
 June 21 - Thursday 4:00-6:00 PM
August Moon Bistro, 2269 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206 - Click Here to RSVP
K-SeffyThere are no SBIR/STTR Phase Zero or Double Zero application submissions to KSEF in June; details to be announced after July 1, 2018.