(Top, left to right) Reuben Adatorwovor, Julie Plasencia, Juan Canedo. (Bottom, left to right) Fanny Chapelin, Brittany Givens Rassoolkhani, Yasir Alsiraj.

UK leaders developed the Research Scholars Program (RSP) to coach scholars and form a community of researchers to elevate the success of groups typically underrepresented in the research workforce.

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Our Mission University of Kentucky Research

The University of Kentucky supports and empowers innovative research in all forms practiced across our diverse campus, varied disciplines and more than 70 centers and institutes. UK faculty, staff and student researchers create, discover and apply new knowledge, and explore the most complex problems facing Kentucky, the nation and the world. Our collaborative, cross-disciplinary research environment provides a rich training ground for the next generation of thinkers, creators and leaders. Research and development at UK has a direct economic impact on Kentucky. The $417 million UK spent on R&D in FY20 generated more than $772 million in economic activity across the Commonwealth. In Fayette County, 2,082 jobs were created and across the state more than 4,300 scientific jobs were created.

By the Numbers

$453 million

in external grants and contracts awarded in FY22

$256 million

federal agency awards in FY22

1 of 29 U.S. universities

with the trifecta of research designations in cancer, aging & translational science

143 patent applications

filed in FY22

$417.7 million

spent to carry out research & development in FY20

4,395 jobs

supported by FY20 research & development