Stats & Rankings


 University of Kentucky Funding for FY20

5 yr research awards FY %Change
  • Grant & contract awards to UK totaled $429.2 million, an increase of $12.1 million from FY19 (2.9% increase)
  • Federal agencies awarded UK $272.2 million, 63.4% of UK’s total awards
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaled $163.7 million
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaled $22.1 million
  • State agencies awarded UK $87 million
  • Industry awarded UK $16.8 million


Research Expenditure Rankings

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Based on FY18 research expenditures totaling $393 million (up $14.6 million from FY2017), UK ranks:

  • 63rd among 624 public and private universities
  • 42nd among 394 public institutions

These rankings were released in November 2019. The National Science Foundation (NSF) publishes the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey each year ranking the top universities according to what they spend on research. The NSF 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

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IP Development, Patents, Licenses in FY20

  • 117 disclosures
  • 165 patent applications filed
  • 33 new patents issued
  • 618 worldwide patent assets
  • 29 licenses and options executed
  • 6 new start-up companies affiliated with UK technology
  • $2,943,622 gross royalty income


Licensing Income & Startups Rankings

According to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) FY18 survey, UK ranks:

  • 23rd among public universities in the number of startups created (8)
  • 42nd among public universities in licensing income ($2,345,029)

These rankings were released in November 2018. For more information, see AUTM.