Kentucky, Tennessee GAME Change team wins NSF Engines Development Award

The University of Kentucky, as lead organization, together with partners across Kentucky and Tennessee, has been awarded $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, program. 

NSF Engine Development Award


Welcome to UK Innovate, the innovation, entrepreneurship and economic enterprise for UK Research. Through technology commercialization, corporate partnerships, social innovation, innovation training and economic development initiatives related to UK's research innovations, talent and community, we work with you to move ideas into the world faster, where they can make the greatest social and economic impact possible. 

UK Innovate Focus Areas

Corporate Partnerships

Under corporate partnerships, UK Innovation Connect provides dedicated resources to support industry, non-profit and private sector partnerships for research and innovation economic development. 

Innovation Training

Innovation and Entrepreneurial Training manages innovation programs offering translational research, product development and entrepreneurship training, coaching and mentorship to faculty, staff and students at UK.

Technology Commercialization

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) works collaboratively with innovators to strategically assess, protect, and license early-stage technologies and co-create new technology startups. 

Social Innovation

At the intersection of innovation, social entrepreneurship, and transformational changes, UK's initiative to scale ideas and find solutions to create social impact from research and discovery. 

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On April 11, UK Innovation Connect will host the inaugural Kentucky Innovator Challenge in Lexington, coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the industry engagement program. The University of Kentucky division is marking the anniversary by holding an event that doesn’t just celebrate the milestone, but doubles as another touchpoint for corporate partners.

“We’ve invited executives from across the region to cast their vision for the future of their respective businesses, to showcase their challenges that are best overcome through collaborations, and to be specific about how our audience can get involved,” says Landon Borders, executive director of UK Innovation Connect (UKIC), UK Innovate’s industry partnership program.