Igniting Research Collaborations

Igniting Research Collaborations (IRC) seeks to increase interdisciplinary scientific engagement and leverage the breadth of expertise across campus to tackle important problems in the Commonwealth.

Goal & Purpose:

  • UK is 1 of 8 US universities with undergrad, graduate, professional, medical, engineering & agricultural programs – distinct opportunity for collaborative research
  • Foster new collaborations across colleges (new collaboration means no publications and no funding history together)
  • Diverse expertise leads to innovative advances
  • Faculty from all UK colleges invited to apply
  • Previous awardees can apply

The IRC Pilot must be a NEW collaboration of faculty from at least 2 different colleges. The maximum budget amount is $50,000. Typical awards are in the $25,000 - $30,000 range. Salary for faculty is not allowed. The budget period is for six months.

Review will be conducted by ADRs or designated Chairs of participating colleges.

2022 IRC Funding Results

2020 IRC Funding Results

2019 IRC Funding Results

2018 IRC Funding Results

Application Process

Application Process

Application Deadline: March 31, 2023

Please submit the following in a single pdf to the VPR Funding Portal: https://ris.uky.edu/pdo/fundingportal/

  • IRC cover page

  • Abstract (30 lines maximum; Arial 11 pt font, minimum 0.5 inch margins)

  • Research plan (2 pages)

  • NIH-style biosketch or abbreviated CV for each investigator (5 pages maximum)

  • Budget/justification (1 page)

Networking Event

2023 Igniting Research Collaborations Networking Event

February 16, 2023


2023 Igniting Research Collaborations Symposium

Click here for Zoom for all three days | 12 pm to 1 pm

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | Day 1 Presentations:

  • Immuno-liposomes for targeted delivery of senolytics for the treatment of osteoarthritis 
    Ramkumar Annamalai (College of Engineering), Cale Jacobs (College of Medicine)
  • A mixed-methods study of continuous glucose monitoring utilization in patients with type 1 diabetes 
    Mary Lacy Leigh (College of Public Health), Daniela Moga (College of Pharmacy), John Fowlkes (College of Medicine), Min-Woong Sohn (College of Public Health), Aaron Kruse-Diehr (College of Public Health)
  • Detecting forest invasive plants using differential autumn phenology and high-resolution satellite imagery 
    Liang Liang (College of Arts and Sciences), Jian Yang (College of Agriculture, Food and Environment)
  • Virtual reality in the medical ICU, a novel approach to reducing isolation and loneliness in patients with critical illness 
    Dmitry Strakovsky (College of Fine Arts), Amanda Glueck (College of Medicine), Kirby Mayer (College of Health Sciences), Anna Kalema (College of Medicine), Ashley Montgomery-Yates (College of Medicine)

Thursday, January 19, 2023 | Day 2 Presentations:

  • Evaluate the efficacy of probiotics on colonization and pathogenicity of Campylobacter jejuni
    Yosra Helmy (College of Agriculture, Food and Environment), Ilhem Messaoudi (College of Medicine)
  • Surfacing online students' self-regulated learning processes and strategies through multichannel data mining
    Kun Huang (College of Education), Anita Lee-Post (Gatton College of Business and Economics)
  • Use of a biomarker of cardiac function in the ascertainment and management of heart failure in Appalachian communities of Kentucky
    Anna Kucharska-Newton (College of Public Health), David Aguilar (College of Medicine), Meera Marji (College of Public Health), Rebecca Craft (College of Medicine), Rebecca Webster (College of Medicine)
  • Art for space science
    Alexandre Martin (College of Engineering), Paul Rodgers (College of Fine Arts)

Friday January 20, 2023 | Day 3 Presentations:

  • Development of mitochondria targeting agents for ovarian cancer 
    Jill Kolesar (College of Pharmacy), Samuel Awuah (College of Arts & Sciences), Fred Ueland (College of Medicine)
  • Informed choices and environmental impacts: An experiment to reduce emissions and packaging waste in the online food delivery sector
    Brad Olson (College of Agriculture, Food and Environment), Sam Heshmati (Gatton College of Business and Economics), Hyungsoo Kim (College of Agriculture, Food and Environment)
  • Precise in vivo gene editing of HSPC for the treatment of genetic hematologic diseases
    Sheng Tong (College of Engineering), Ying Liang (College of Medicine)