Stats & Rankings



University of Kentucky Funding for FY21

  • Grant & contract awards to UK totaled $468 million, an increase of $38.8 million from FY20 (9% increase)
  • Federal agencies awarded UK $281.2 million, 60.1% of UK’s total awards
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaled $176.4 million
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaled $26.6 million
  • State agencies awarded UK $108 million
  • Industry awarded UK $28.6 million


Research Expenditure Rankings

Based on FY20 research expenditures totaling $417.7 million, UK ranks:

  • 63rd among 655 public and private universities (same ranking in FY19)
  • 41st among 415 public institutions (up from 42rd in FY19)

These rankings were released in December 2021. The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), publishes the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey each year ranking the top universities according to what they spend on research. The HERD survey is considered to be the primary source of information on R&D expenditures within academia. For more information, see NSF Publications & Data.


ASTeCC Campus Incubator

  • 20 companies located on-site
  • 65 private company employees
  • 10 faculty R&D labs
  • 5 university centers
  • 64 graduate companies since 1994

patents licenses

IP Development, Patents, Licenses in FY21

  • 99 invention disclosures submitted
  • 157 patent applications filed
  • 22 new patents issued
  • 822 worldwide patent assets
  • 27 licenses and options executed
  • 6 new start-up companies affiliated with UK technology
  • $2,652,832 gross royalty income


Licensing Income & Startups Rankings

According to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) FY20 survey, UK ranks:

  • 30th among public universities in the number of startups created (5)
  • 40th among public universities in licensing income ($2,943,622)

These rankings were released in August 2021. For more information, see AUTM.