Kentucky has been awarded $12.5 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that will be used to fund university research in three key technological areas: biotechnology, nanotechnology and cyber-technologies. The major recipients are the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville. Other institutions involved include Kentucky State University, Northern Kentucky University, Eastern Kentucky University, Centre College, Berea College and Morehead State University.
The five-year award, made through Kentucky’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), is expected to be matched with an additional $5 million from the commonwealth over the life of the grant.
Kentucky joined the EPSCoR Program, an initiative of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), in 1986 and today is one of its most successful members. Kentucky’s program supports 178 active research projects with budgets totaling over $139 million.
In terms of federal academic research and development dollars secured, Kentucky ranks in the top five out of the 25 states eligible to compete for funding and is recognized for more than doubling its share of federal research funds since the program’s inception.