RDE: The Research and Development Excellence Program

About RDEalt

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.

The RDE Program is managed by the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation (KSEF) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.

Dates for new solicitations will be posted on this webpage at least one month 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, you may want to consider submitting your information (click here) for the latest news and updates.

Eligibility for RDE

Kentucky universities, colleges, and for-profit organizations may be eligible to apply. See "Request for Proposals (RFP)" and "Instructions" for eligibility details under the current solicitation.

Dates are not set for a new call of RDE proposals for 2015/2016.
The "Important Dates: RDE-018" and the Request For Proposals below pertain to the RDE-018 solicitation of 2014.

Request for Proposals and Appling for RDE: revised 10-2014

Application and Reporting Site for RDE 

Each PI can review all of his/her reporting deadlines by signing in to the online reporting system at http://applications.kstc.com for the Research and Development Excellence Program. Before initiating an application, be sure all reports and deliverables are current. Applicants who have been delinquent in submitting reports - both active and post (annual professional activity and achievements reporting) for previous Research and Development Excellence and/or Kentucky Commercialization Fund awards - may not be invited to apply for future rounds of funding.

View the RDE Award Recipients

Need Help?

Contact us at KSEFPM@kstc.com.
Our office is open Monday-Friday

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Important Dates: RDE-018

  • October 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM
    Letter of Intent application opens

  • October 24, 2014
    Program scope questions? Contact the Program Director before 1:00 PM

  • October 27, 2014
    LOI submission problems? Email KSEFPM @kstc.com before 1:00 PM

  • October 27, 2014 at 4PM - Deadline
    Letter of Intent submission must be COMPLETED by 4:00 PM

  • October 31, 2014
    Full Proposal invitations announced;
    Full Proposal opens

  • December 22, 2014
    Full Proposal submission problems? Email KSEFPM @kstc.com before 1:00 PM

  • December 22, 2014 at 4PM - Deadline
    Full Proposal submission must be COMPLETED by 4:00 PM

  • January 5, 2015 at 4PM - Deadline 
    Submission deadline for signed cover and budget (
    note: this deadline is extended until Jan 5, instead of Dec 29, due to the holidays)

  • June 8, 2015
    Funding decisions are posted