About UK's Research

The University of Kentucky (UK) received $452.9 million in competitive research awards in fiscal year 2022. 

Federal agencies totaled $256M, 56.5% of UK’s total awards in FY22. 

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaled $144.4 million
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaled $27.8 million

State agencies awarded UK $117.7 million and Industry awarded UK $25.6 million.

Based on FY19 research expenditures totaling $410.6 million, UK ranks:

  • 63rd among 624 public and private universities
  • 42nd among 394 public institutions

These rankings were released in January 2021. The National Science Foundation (NSF), through the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), publishes the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey each year ranking the top universities according to what they spend on research. The HERD survey is considered to be the primary source of information on R&D expenditures within academia.

For more information on UK's research, click here.

Grant and Contract Awards