Stats & Rankings


 University of Kentucky Funding for FY 2020

5 yr research awards FY %Change
  • Grant & contract awards to UK totaled $429.2 million, an increase of $12.1 million from FY 2019 (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 FY 2018 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 FY 2019

  • 104 disclosures
  • 97 patent applications filed
  • 26 new patents issued
  • 618 worldwide patent assets
  • 30 licenses and options executed
  • 4 new start-up companies affiliated with UK technology
  • $2.4 million in gross royalty income


Licensing Income & Startups Rankings

According to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) FY 2017 survey, UK ranks:

  • 14th among public universities in the number of startups created (6)
  • 27th among public universities in licensing income ($4,547,906)

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