Supporting Collaboration in
STEM Engagement Across Kentucky

We provide support funding for individuals and organizations seeking to collaborate, address gaps in service, and share exemplary practices for engaging underserved populations in Advanced Manufacturing STEM topics.


KY NSF EPSCoR provides funding to support STEM initiatives and Advanced Manufacturing education across Kentucky.

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Supports Advanced Manufacturing
Outreach and URM Engagement


Program Description

KY NSF EPSCoR Grants and Awards are intended to support high-risk, high reward projects that increase the number and diversity of STEM-skilled Kentuckians, with emphasis on Additive Manufacturing, AgriTech, and Robotics. KY NSF EPSCoR Seed-Funding is part of the NSF EPSCoR RII Track-1 Award: Kentucky Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Enhanced Robotics and Structures, Cooperative Agreement No. 1849213.

Mini-Grants (M-G) provide seed-funding of up to $1,600 to build collaboration between existing programs and organizations encouraging Kentuckians to pursue Advanced Manufacturing-related educational programs and careers. Preference is given to applications that are innovative and involve a collaboration between two programs or organizations.

The work supported by a M-G must be aligned with KY NSF EPSCoR’s current KY NSF EPSCoR research themesMini-Grant applicants are required to submit a statement on how the majority of proposed programming will relate to one or more of the following topics:

  1. Additive Manufacturing
  2. Sensing
  3. Robotics
  4. Plant-Based Materials
  5. Workforce Development
  6. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (NEW)

A Note on Hosting Events: If you are proposing supporting a conference, workshop, symposium or other similar meeting with an EPSCoR M-G award, please be advised that you will need to disclose within the project description and budget justification of your application:

  1. if there are any other pending or committed sources of financial support for the activity, and if so, identify and differentiate specifically what each source would pay for, and
  2. indicate if you anticipate collecting a registration fee.


Individuals and collaborative groups at Kentucky’s private and public academic institutions, as well as Science & Technology businesses and non-profits with an operating presence in Kentucky are eligible to submit proposals. Void where prohibited.

Each institution that applies for financial assistance from the KY NSF EPSCoR must have a formal institutional plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) for all paid participants in the proposed research project. KY NSF EPSCoR must receive certification that participants on supported project have completed appropriate training consistent with their established institutional policies.

Any proposal submitted to KY NSF EPSCoR and declined for funding can be modified and resubmitted the following grant year but if declined more than once, cannot be submitted again.

Submission of Proposal

To Submit a Proposal upload the following:
  1. The proposed budget as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx extension only)
  2. A combined PDF file of the complete proposal
    • Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single complete pdf document with any graphics embedded in the document no larger than 25MB and should adhere to the following order: (1) Cover Sheet (2) Project Summary (3) Project Description (4) Budget (5) Budget Justification (6) Current & Pending Support (7) Biosketch.

Important Dates

Proposals Due: 11:59 PM EST, May 15, 2021

Awards Announced: June 1, 2021

Award Year: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022

General Terms & Conditions


Only one proposal per investigator per program per year.

Foreign travel cannot be proposed.

Requests for computers cannot be proposed.

Requests for SWAG items such as t-shirts, gifts, souvenirs, and other memorabilia cannot be proposed.

Funds cannot be awarded for time beyond KY NSF EPSCoR’s Award Year.

Funds may not be used for more than one month of faculty salary support.

Applications to all EPSCoR programs can include requests for federally-negotiated institutional F&A/indirect costs. Maximum budget request amounts indicated apply to direct costs. F&A costs can be added to these direct cost maximums.

Review Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by a committee including representatives from the KY NSF EPSCoR Central Office, plus research faculty with relevant expertise. When evaluating proposals, KY NSF EPSCoR reviewers will be asked to consider what the proposers want to do, why they want to do it, how they plan to do it, how they will know if they succeed, and what benefits could accrue if the project is successful. These issues apply both to the technical aspects of the proposal and the way in which the project may make broader contributions. View our rubric here

Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts are the two merit review criteria that NSF expects proposers to fully address in their proposals. The definitions of the two criteria, as noted in NSF PAPPG Ch. III Section A, are listed below:

  1. Intellectual Merit: The potential to advance knowledge, and
  2. Broader Impacts: The potential to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes


Reporting Requirements

KY NFS EPSCoR must comply with NSF EPSCoR reporting requirements. Therefore, each awardee will be required to comply with expenditure report deadlines and submit a narrative outcomes report to the central office once the project is complete. Awardee PI and students can fill out the required reports here: KY NSF EPSCoR Reporting Documents 1 – 4.

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