COMM: The Kentucky Commercialization Fund

About COMMalt

The Kentucky Commercialization Fund (COMM) supports efforts made by faculty in Kentucky to commercialize a technology, product, or process that they have developed but not yet licensed.

The Kentucky Commercialization Fund 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 (KSTC).

COMM Eligibility

Accredited Kentucky universities and colleges may be eligible to apply; see Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligibility details under the current solicitation. Companies are not eligible to apply for COMM.

Applying for COMM


Request for Proposals (RFP revised 07-28-2015)
(view/download PDF)

COMM Application and Reporting Site

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

View the COMM Award Recipients

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Important Dates: COMM-017

NOTE Revised RFP & Instructions

JUNE 12, 2015: Announcement

Advance notice: COMM-017 opening soon

JULY 27, 2015 at 12:01 AM
Pre-Proposal application opens

COMM-017 University-Specific On-Site Informational Sessions -- read more details
Aug 4 - at Murray State University

Aug 5 - at Western Kentucky University
Aug 6 - at University of Louisville
Aug 10 - at University of Kentucky
Aug 11 - at Eastern Kentucky University
Aug 18 - at Kentucky State University
Aug 19 - at Morehead State University

AUG 13 before 1:00 PM

Program scope questions? Contact the Program Director before 1PM

AUG 20 before 1:00 PM

Pre-Proposal rendering or submission problems? Email KSEFPM before 1:00 PM

AUG 20 at 4:00 PM - Deadline
Pre-Proposal submission must be COMPLETED by 4:00 PM

AUG 24-25
Face-to-face interviews and presentations at KSTC, scheduling on a first-come basis

AUG 31 (or earlier)
Full Proposal invitations announced;
Full Proposal opens

OCT 7 before 1:00 PM

Full Proposal rendering or submission problems? Email KSEFPM before 1:00 PM

OCT 14 at 4:00 PM - Deadline
Full Proposal submission must be COMPLETED by 4:00 PM

OCT 16 at 4:00 PM - Deadline

Submission deadline for signed budget, signed cover sheet, and OTT Letter of Support

Funding decisions mid December 2015