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About Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation

Created under the Kentucky Innovation Act of 2000, the Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation’s (KSEF) mission is to serve the Kentucky spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation by encouraging the growth of the scientific and engineering excellence through investments in R&D in emerging technologies and human resource development.


This goal is achieved through a variety of support, including:


  • microAwards to facilitate the submission of SBIR/STTR applications

  • Accelerator and Incubator programs to position applicants for SBIR/STTR success

  • Consulting and Resources to navigate SBIR/STTR and early-stage business processes

  • Leading start-up/small business training, conferences, and networking events


You may be a good candidate for SBIR/STTR funding if your for-profit small business is federally registered and you have an idea for an innovative technology enabled product, process, or service.

Connect with us to review your eligibility and get help securing funding opportunities!


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Maria Labreveux

KSEF Executive Director

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Kay Lee

Impact and Engagement Manager

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Ellie Derbyshire

SBIR Innovation Manager 

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Emilie Clemmens

SBIR Innovation Manager 

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