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Kentucky EPSCoR

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Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Kentucky’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (KY EPSCoR) exists to stimulate sustainable improvements in the Commonwealth’s R&D capacity and to advance science and engineering capabilities for discovery, innovation, and knowledge-based prosperity.

KY EPSCoR’s activities are focused upon:

Developing human and physical infrastructure to advance academic research

Promoting and nurturing a culture of innovation and economic creativity

Supporting increased STEM education, workforce development, and research participation diversity

Funding to Kentucky 2000-2015

Pie funding 2015

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 NEW Grant Opportunities:

 National Science Foundation


KY NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 Funding Opportunity for Research in:

 Sustainable Food, Energy, and Water Systems or

            the Brain

  • Must work with researchers in another EPSCoR State
  • only one submission per KY institution (check with your research office for internal deadlines)
  • $1.5 million max/yr ->  4 year award
  • LOI's due: January 11, 2016
  • Proposals due: February 4, 2016

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 Department of Energy


National Lab Partnership

   - in Energy Research 

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  • Purpose: to advance fundamental, energy oriented, scientific and engineering research
  • Total funding: $3 Million available
  • Max award: $600 k/ over 3 yrs
  • Competition: 27 states/territories eligible
  • Expected number of awards: 5


  • 11/6/2015 Notify KY EPSCoR office for support letter 
  • 11/12/2015  5pm EST
    Pre-Application Due Date 
  • 12/18/2015 5pm EST
    DOE Encourage/Discourage Date  
  • 1/28/2016 11:59pm EST
    Application Due Date  

Click here for more details and full RFP. 

  Conference Presentations

from the 
2015 KY EPSCoR Annual Conference

Promoting Industry and Academic Research Collaborations
Friday, May 22, 2015,
Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington, KY

Click here to view presentations, programs & research abstracts

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 Fiscal Year 2014- 2015

Kentucky EPSCoR Annual Report

See page 17 for Research Highlights

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Funding Available:

National Laboratory Initiative (NLI) Grants

Small grants ranging in size from $1,500 to $5,000 are available to help researchers collaborate on the development of proposals for federal funding through travel to visit or conduct work at outside research centers. 

Click here for eligibility and to apply.  

2012 Kentucky Science & Innovation Strategy
(Click Here)
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Fourteen actions are presented in the Strategy which offer ways to build an innovation based economy in Kentucky.