Funding Resources

Funding Opportunities of interest to KAS Members - Find research funding opportunities from all federal agencies

Kentucky Science and Engineering Foundation invests in research and development activity to promote innovation, new product development and commercialization, and build a pipeline of new ideas and technologies that could add value to the scientific and economic growth in Kentucky.

EPSCoR (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) assists the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies “to strengthen research and education in science and engineering throughout the United States and to avoid undue concentration of such research and education.” Kentucky is one of the states targeted for research funding through EPSCoR. Find out more at individual agencies' websites:
NASA KY EPSCoR   National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Currently Accepting pre-proposals until Oct 22, 2019 and Faculty Travel awards until 2021
NSF KY EPSCoR National Science Foundation
DOE KY EPSCoR Department of Energy
NIH KY EPSCoR National Institutes of Health's Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program

KAS research grants   are due November 15 each year

The Eastern Kentucky University Division of Natural Areas is pleased to announce the availability of funding for undergraduate and graduate students from any university conducting research using one or more of EKU's Natural Areas as part of their study: Maywoods Environmental and Educational Laboratory, Lilley Cornett Woods Appalachian Ecological Research Station, and Taylor Fork Ecological Area. Funding consists of up to $500 and housing (if needed). The deadline to apply is 1 April 2019.  Questions? contact Dr. Stephen Richter, Associate Director, EKU Natural Areas

HENAAC Scholarship program: 2018 Deadline was April 30. The goal of the Program is to increase the persistence to graduation among underrepresented and underserved STEM college students. The financial support of the HENAAC Scholars Programs helps these students focus on their coursework so they can graduate on time, enter a STEM profession, continue to serve as a role model for future generations, and secure the country's place as the finest technological leader in the world.

National Geographic Society grant for Participatory science projects up to $30,000. Due April 10.

KY Ornithological Society
$500 mini-grants aimed at "any person in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with a plan to educate young persons about the birds of Kentucky.

Union of Concerned Scientists
Science for Public Good Fund is for science advocates. Science Network members can apply to the Fund for financial support of up to $1000, to be used for advocacy actions or related events to promote the role of science in public policy, with an emphasis on understanding and addressing local impacts.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers two scholarship programs geared toward civil engineering.  These scholarships provide money for college, paid summer employment while in school, and full-time employment after college graduation.  The application deadline is February 1, 2019. 
  • The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program is for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Western KY University, University of Louisville, or University of Kentucky.  Students can also take classes at other Kentucky state colleges/universities, with approved programs, before transferring to WKU, UofL, or UK.  Candidates must have an ACT composite score of 24 and maintain a GPA of 2.5 while in college.  College Freshmen and Sophomores currently receive $6,200 a semester to apply towards tuition, books, etc.  Juniors and Seniors receive $6,600 a semester.  Students are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they received a stipend.  This scholarship can be worth over $51,000!  
  • The Civil Engineering Technology Program is for students interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology at Big Sandy Community & Technical College in Prestonsburg and Blue Grass Community & Technical College in Lexington.  There is opportunity at other community colleges as well (inquired for further information).  Candidates must meet the entrance qualifications for the college and maintain a GPA of 2.5.  Students receive $3,000 a semester, and are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they received a stipend.