Transforming tomorrow by Improving Life in the Commonwealth & Beyond
2017 NSF HERD Survey rankings infographic

A National Science Foundation survey shows steady growth in UK's research enterprise, ranking UK 62nd among 644 universities nationwide for research and development expenditures.

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By the Numbers

62nd of 644

public & private institutions surveyed, up 2 spots from FY16

$378.4 million

spent to carry out research & development in FY17

$171.3 million

of R&D expenditures came from federal sources

2015-2020 Strategic Plan Transforming Tomorrow

  1. Invest in UK's existing strengths and areas of growth in selected focus areas that benefit and enrich the lives of the citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond.
  2. Recruit and retain outstanding faculty, staff and students who support our research and scholarship across the range of disciplines at UK.
  3. Improve the quality of the research infrastructure across campus.
  4. Strengthen engagement efforts and translation of research and creative work for the benefit of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the nation and the world.
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