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Kentucky’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (KY EPSCoR) is a federal-state partnership with five federal agencies having EPSCoR or EPSCoR-like (i.e. NIH IDeA Program) research stimulation programs. These federal programs were created to help states that receive a relatively low amount of federal research funds build their science, engineering and technology capabilities.

KY EPSCoR, which interfaces with the federal programs, focuses on:

  • Enhancing Kentucky’s ability to successfully compete for and
    perform academic research,
  • Promoting and nurturing within the Commonwealth a culture of
    innovation and economic creativity, and
  • Supporting increased educational attainment and workforce
    development in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
    (STEM) disciplines.

THE BOTTOM LINE:
KY EPSCOR MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

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Exceeded cumulative funding received by KY EPSCoR since its inception
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Jobs created
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Scientific Articles
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in scientific equipment
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Companies advanced or formed from EPSCoR generated knowledge
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Research centers, institutes, and major initiatives in Kentucky

Federal Agencies with EPSCoR/IDeA Programs (LinKS TO WEBSITES)

KENTUCKY COUNTERPARTS (linkS to websites)

KY EPSCoR COMMITTEE MEMBERS

EXECUTIVE CHAIR

Cathleen WebbWestern Kentucky University > Bio

UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATORS 

John Balk, University of Kentucky 

Lisa Cassis, University of Kentucky 

Emmanuel Collins, University of Louisville > Bio

Claire Fuller, Murray State University 

Samantha Langley, Northern Kentucky University

SENIOR FACULTY RESEARCHERS

Nathan De Lee, Northern Kentucky University 

Dan IonelUniversity of Kentucky 

Alex LaiKentucky State University > Bio

Jen O’KeefeMorehead State University > Bio

Kevin MillerMurray State University 

Tom OtienoEastern Kentucky University 

Kevin WalshUniversity of Louisville > Bio

PUBLIC/PRIVATE REPRESENTATIVES 

Fred AllenEstron Chemical 

Mason DyerAssociation of Independent Kentucky Colleges & Universities 

Glenn EdelenFunai Lexington Technology Corporation > Bio

Brian EgglestonToyota

Angelique JohnsonMEMStim, LLC > Bio

Kevin MazzellaGE Appliances, A Haier Company

Kayla Meisner, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures

Bob Schena, Rajant Corporation

RESOURCES

KY EPSCoR: Match for NASA KY Programs FY 2022-2024
UKRF: 202308030957
These awards received matching funds from the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development

NASA Space Grant National College and Fellowship Program
“Kentucky Space Grant Consortium (KYSGC)”
80NSSC20M0047

NASA EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Development (RID)
“NASA Kentucky EPSCoR RID”
80NSSC22M0034

NASA EPSCoR Research Award (Federal FY22)
“Solar Activity and Space Weather”
80NSSC21M0362

NASA EPSCoR Research Award (Federal FY23)
“Multi-scale data-driven modeling of radiative transport through thermal protection systems”
80NSSC22M0174

NASA EPSCoR Research Award (Federal FY24)
“Investigation of Material Surface Erosion and Failure due to High-Velocity Particle Impact”
80NSSC23M0074

Light-Matter Interactions in Artificial Spin Lattices
UKRF: 202304101750
This award received matching funds from the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Hastings, University of Kentucky
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation  
NSF Organization: DOE 
Program(s): Chemical Synthesis, EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 09/01/2023
Award Amount: $50,000

RUI: CHE-DRP (SYN): CAS: Temperature-controlled Mechanosynthesis as a Sustainable Synthetic Platform for Preparation of Transition Metal Complexes
Award Number: 2350192
Principal Investigator: Rachel Allenbaugh, Murray State University
Organization: Murray State University 
NSF Organization: CHE 
Program(s): Chemical Synthesis, EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 09/01/2024
Award Amount:
$230,000

RII Track-1: Climate Resilience through Multidisciplinary Big Data Learning, Prediction & Building Response Systems (CLIMBS)
Award Number: 2344533
This award received matching funds from the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development
Principal Investigator: Rodney Andrews, University of Kentucky
Co-Principal Investigator(s): 
Sebastian Bryson, Czarena Crofcheck, Edward Woolery, Michael McGlue 
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: OIA
Program(s): EPSCoR RII Track-1
Start Date: 07/01/2024
Award Amount: $4,703,544

CAREER: Towards Environment-Aware Adaptive Safety for Learning-Enabled Multiagent Systems with Application to Target Drone Capturing
Award Number: 2336189
Principal Investigator: Xu Jin, University of Kentucky 
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: ECCS
Program(s): EPCN-Energy-Power-Ctrl-Netwrks, EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 03/15/2024
Award Amount: $484,791

Electric Pulsing Assisted Healing of Structural Defects in Ni-based Alloys
Award Number: 2409132
Principal Investigator: Fuqian Yang, University of Kentucky 
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: DMR
Program(s): METAL & METALLIC NANOSTRUCTURE, EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 06/01/2024
Award Amount: $325,000

REU Site: Computer Systems Research
Award Number: 2349076
Principal Investigator: Wei Zhang, University of Louisville
Co-Principal Investigator: Nihat Altiparmak
Organization: University of Louisville Research Foundation Inc. 
NSF Organization: CNS
Program(s): RSCH EXPER FOR UNDERGRAD SITES, EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 04/01/2024
Award Amount: $469,804

Parameterized, Algebraic, and Chromatic Traces
Award Number: 2404503
Principal Investigator: Kathleen Ponto, University of Kentucky
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: DMS
Program(s): EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 07/01/2024
Award Amount: $152,702

Motivic to C2-Equivariant Homotopy and Beyond
Award Number: 2403798
Principal Investigator: Bertrand Guillou, University of Kentucky
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: DMS
Program(s): TOPOLOGY, EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 08/15/2024
Award Amount: $245,299

RII Track-4:NSF: In-Situ/Operando Characterizations of Single Atom Catalysts for Clean Fuel Generation
Award Number: 2327349
Principal Investigator: Doo Young Kim, University of Kentucky
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: OIA
Program(s): EPSCoR RII Track-4: Res Fellow
Start Date: 02/01/2024
Award Amount: $300,000

RII Track-4: NSF: Scalable MPI with Adaptive Compression for GPU-based Computing Systems
Award Number: 2327266
Principal Investigator: Xin Liang, University of Kentucky
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: OIA
Program(s): EPSCoR RII Track-4: Res Fellow
Start Date: 02/01/2024
Award Amount: $280,699

RII Track-4:@NASA: Methane Dynamics Described Through the Fusion of Site and Satellite Data in Bottomland Hardwood
Award Number: 2327374
Principal Investigator: Bassil El-Masri, Murray State University
Organization: Murray State University 
NSF Organization: OIA
Program(s): EPSCoR RII Track-4: Res Fellow
Start Date: 01/01/2024
Award Amount: $291,335

Collaborative Research: How do plants control sperm nuclear migration for successful fertilization?
Award Number: 2334516
Principal Investigator: Tomokazu KawashimaUniversity of Kentucky
Organization: University of Kentucky Research Foundation 
NSF Organization: MCB
Program(s): Cellular Dynamics and Function, Cross-BIO Activities, EPSCoR Co-Funding
Start Date: 01/15/2024
Award Amount: $870,396