Research Priorities Initiative

NEW: 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 racial Equity (UNITE) Research Initiative as a Research Priority Area — one of now seven such research programs across the campus. Assistant Vice President for Research in Diversity and Inclusion Danelle Stevens-Watkins, who is also director of Graduate Studies in the UK College of Education, has agreed to lead the UNITE Research Priority Area. The executive committee will include a diverse representation of faculty from several colleges across the university. Staff and students will also have opportunities to participate in UNITE initiatives. Read more

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).

Expenditures in Priority Areas

$37.9 million

neuroscience expenditures in FY17

$32.5 million

cancer expenditures in FY17

$25.3 million

cardiovascular expenditures in FY17

$21.4 million

substance use disorder expenditures in FY17

$17.2 million

energy expenditures in FY17

$16.3 million

diabetes & obesity expenditures in FY17

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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.