About UK's Research

Grant and contract awards to the University of Kentucky (UK) totaled $479.3 million for FY23. 

Federal agencies awarded UK $252.6M, 52.7% of UK’s total awards. 

  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaled $145.6 million
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaled $23.2 million

State agencies awarded UK $137.3 million and Industry awarded UK $28.1 million.

Based on FY21 research expenditures totaling $429.2 million, UK ranks:

  • 64th among 648 public and private universities
  • 43rd among 418 public institutions

These rankings were released in December 2022. 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