Research Priorities Initiative

Diversity & Inclusion UNITE Research Priority Area

On August 5, 2020, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto announced a five-year, $10 million commitment to sponsor UK research focused on racial disparities and inequity across broad areas, ranging from health to the historical foundations of systemic racism. Capilouto has asked UK Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis to designate the UNited In True racial Equity (UNITE) Research Initiative as a Research Priority Area — one of now seven such research programs across the campus. See the UNITE RPA site.

This video with Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis explains the Research Priorities Initiative. 

The Healthy Kentucky Research Building is focused on four of the seven research priorities (cancer, diabetes & obesity, cardiovascular diseases & stroke, substance use disorder).

Research Awards in Priority Areas

$64.9 million

cancer awards in FY20

$33.8 million

cardiovascular awards in FY20

$54.3 million

diabetes & obesity awards in FY20

$17.7 million

diversity & inclusion awards in FY20

$31.8 million

energy awards in FY20

$54 million

neuroscience awards in FY20

$88.5 million

substance use disorder awards in FY20


Source: UK OSPA database, based on keyword searches using natural language processing with unique keywords related to each priority area. Priority areas are not exclusive to one particular area, projects may fit in more than one area.