New Program - University Partnership with Industry Research: UPAIR

Lexington, KY - April 3, 2018: KSTC announces a Request for Proposals (RFP) opening April 27, 2018 -- a new University Partnership with Industry Research Pilot Program (UPAIR). This initial round of funding is for a program intended to stimulate university-industry pre-competitive R&D partnerships. It is open to faculty and independent researchers at accredited Kentucky colleges and universities. The proposed work should be beneficial for, and of interest to, Kentucky.
Pilot program guidelines, submission instructions, and RFP details ware posted below. Grant awards will be selected based on external peer review. The RFP will open April 27 2018 and the window for submission will be short, as awards will be made before June 28, 2018. Feel free to share this announcement with any interested colleagues. Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
This program is managed by the Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation (KSEF) at the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC), in partnership with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE). KSEF competitively funds research and development activity, and is an initiative of KSTC. Applicants must be up-to-date (i.e. not past due or in default) with all reporting requirements and deliverables for all KSTC-managed programs. 
Webinar Sessions

KSEF will host a webinar with multiple sessions. The presentation will include program guidelines and how to apply, followed by a live Q&A. 

Program Information and Solicitations

Be sure to read both the "Program Description, Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions" (this describes the full scope of the program) and the "Request for Proposals" (this sets the specific limits for this current round):

Click Here - Request for Proposals: RFP for KSEF-18-UPAIR-001 -- v.041718
Click Here - Program Description, Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions (aka Guidelines) -- v.042318
 Proposal Budget Sheet -- coming soon
 Application and Reporting Platform Log In -- 

Click Here - Webinar Q&A. Read the document containing questions raised at the UPAIR webinar broadcasts and received via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -- v.041918

Questions can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by no later than Noon EST on May 8, 2018.

Important Dates

April 27, 2018 -- Request for Proposal (RFP) Application Period Opens
May 8, 2018 at 12:00 Noon ET -- Questions Period Closes
May 8, 2018 at 4:00 PM ET -- Submission DEADLINE: Application Period Closes
May 10, 2018 -- Signed Document Deadline
June 2018 -- Award Announcements
July 1, 2018 -- Award Start Date

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Before Submitting an Application...

  1. Carefully double-check your application for completeness and compliance with all content and formatting requirements, and instructions in the Request for Proposals (RFP) and Program Description, Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions (aka Guidelines)
  2. PDF Files -- File names for PDF uploads are limited to a maximum of 20 characters and must NOT include spaces or special characters such as [email protected]#$%^&*(){}[]:;<>
  3. Proposal Budget Sheet -- Confirm that you have manually entered your proposal number in the bright yellow box, upper right, on your budget sheet.
  4. Confirm that the amount on your budget sheet matches the amount of the request on the Project Information tab's "Total Amount Requested".
  5. CRITICAL -- The full proposal must comply with ALL required formats including document stipulations (e.g. font size, line spacing, margins), content, and section and page limitations.
  6. Use CHROME for completing and submitting the full proposal.
  7. Deadlines are auto-cutoff and are not flexible.