RDE: The Research and Development Excellence Program

About RDE: The Research and Development Excellence Program
The Research and Development Excellence Program (RDE) targets achieving excellence in science and engineering in Kentucky, through innovation and technology development in existing and emerging areas of research, by making proactive investments through a peer-reviewed competitive selection process.

Beginning Fall 2016, the intent of the Kentucky Commercialization Fund (COMM) will be fulfilled under KSEF's RDE Awards (i.e., there will not be separate commercialization solicitations).

This program is managed by the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) at the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (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.

New Solicitation: RDE-020
The Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) announces a new Request for Proposals (RFP) opening November 18, 2016.
  • Read the "Advance Notice", "Request for Proposals" and "Program Description/Submission Instructions" details by clicking on the green numbers below.
  • The maximum award size for RDE-020 is $50,000, the period of the grant request will not exceed 12 months, and projects must be R&D hypothesis-driven.
  • University applicants submitting a project based on an already existing non-provisional or assigned patent, who intend to commercialize their ideas, should submit under the "Technology Commercialization" specific Target Area (under the "Emerging Technologies" category).

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READ -- RDE-020 Advance Notice (10.21.16)
READ -- RDE-020 Request For Proposals (11.11.16)
Please use CHROME for completing all applications.
READ -- RDE-020 Program Description / Submission Instructions (11.11.16) 
...includes LOI and Full Proposal preparation and submission details and requirements.
RDE reporting content, deadlines and submission confirmation, and log-in assistance.
RDE application and reporting platform http://applications.kstc.com

Dates and Solicitations
Dates for new solicitations will be posted on this webpage at least two weeks ahead of the call. Email notifications go out to our mailing list at that same time. If you are not already on our Constant Contact "funding...opportunities subscribers" email list, consider submitting your information (click here) for the latest news and updates.

Application, Reporting, and Program Details
Before initiating an application, be sure all reports and deliverables are current for all current and/or previous KSTC/KSEF-managed programs; each PI can review all of his/her RDE reporting deadlines via http://applications.kstc.com. Before submitting an application, carefully read the current round's "Request for Proposals" and "Program Description / Submission Instructions". Also keep in mind these important reminders:
  • Proposal Keywords - A minimum of five keywords are mandatory. Keywords are precise, detailed terms that specifically describe the project. Enter each keyword/phrase on a separate line, not as one continuous string of text as one entry. Note: If desired, the applicant may include up to ten keywords.
  • Reviewer Areas of Expertise - A minimum of five reviewer areas of expertise are mandatory. These are words or phrases that clearly describe potential reviewers' specialized knowledge, field, or specific area of work. Enter each reviewer area of expertise on a separate line, not as one continuous string of text as one entry. Note: If desired, the applicant may include up to ten reviewer areas of expertise.
  • CRITICAL -- Each of the five "Reviewer Areas of Expertise" must be distinct from, different than, and non-repetitive of the "Keywords".
  • File names for PDF uploads must not include spaces or special characters such as ~!@#$%^&()+={}[]:;
  • File names for PDF uploads are limited to a maximum of 20 characters.
  • Use CHROME for completing all applications.

K-Seffy
"And the winners are..."
View the Research and Development Excellence
(RDE) Award Recipients

Funding Decisions for the RDE-019 round were announced 07/2016.



Important Dates: RDE-020

October 21, 2016 - Advance Notice RDE-020 
New funding opportunity scheduled to open on or around November 18, 2016

November 18, 2016
Letter of Intent (LOI) opens

November 22, 2016
LOI submission problems? Email KSEFPM @kstc.com before 12:00 Noon

November 22, 2016 - DEADLINE 4:00 PM
Letter of Intent (LOI) online submission must be COMPLETED by 4:00 PM

December 2, 2016
Full Proposal invitations announced; 
Full Proposal opens

January 5, 2017 - before 12:00 Noon
Full Proposal submission problems? Email KSEFPM @kstc.com before 12:00 Noon
 
January 6, 2017 - Deadline 4:00 PM
Full Proposal online submission must be COMPLETED by 4:00 PM ET
K-Seffy Deadline

January 9, 2017 - Deadline 4:00 PM
Submission deadline for signed cover and budget, 4:00 PM ET

Funding decisions for RDE-020 are anticipated early July 2017.