Innovator

To highlight people with world-changing ideas at the University of Kentucky, Research Communications produced “I am a UK Innovator,” a four-video series featuring faculty innovators who have partnered with UK’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC).

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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

$468 million

in external grants and contracts awarded in FY21

$281.2 million

federal agency awards in FY21

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

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