Our Research

Our projects and initiatives are designed to accelerate Kentucky’s transition to a knowledge-based bioeconomy.

KY NSF EPSCoR Headquarters
Working in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Kentucky NSF EPSCoR assists to strengthen research and education in science and engineering. The vision of the KY NSF EPSCoR is to advance, encourage and develop long term improvements in scientific discovery, innovation and education throughout the Commonwealth.

Our Mission

Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy
for a Sustainable Future

Kentucky’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (KY NSF EPSCoR), sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is a vital part of a coordinated effort to invest in scientific research for a better quality-of-life and a growing economy for Kentuckians.
Kentucky NSF EPSCoR was awarded a $20 million, five year (2014-2019) cooperative agreement from the National Science Foundation in August of 2014, “Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future.” The NSF award was matched with an additional $4 million from the state. This five-year project is supporting activities in three research areas: Advanced Bio-Inspired Membrane Technologies, Chemical Biology for Advanced Materials, and Electrochemical Energy Storage.

Research and Initiatives

Developing a sustainable research infrastructure
throughout the Commonwealth.

Advanced Bio-Inspired
Membrane Technologies

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Chemical Biology for
Advanced Materials

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Energy Storage

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