Funding Resources

Funding Opportunities of interest to KAS Members

Graduate student funding opportunities may also be listed in our Science Job Postings - Find research funding opportunities from all federal agencies

EPSCoR  & IDeA (Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) assists 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 federal research funding through EPSCoR & IDeA. Find out more at individual agencies' websites:
NASA KY EPSCoR   National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Check their website for open funding opportunities
NSF KY EPSCoR National Science Foundation
DOE KY EPSCoR Department of Energy
NIH KY IDeA National Institutes of Health's Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program

    Letter of Intent deadline Nov. 15 2021 for new Investigator Development Awards (IDeA)
    KY INBRE Faculty Recruitment (Start-Up) Awards are accepted year-round
    KY INBRE Post-Doctoral Fellow Awards are accepted year-round
KAS research grants   are due November 15 each year

KYNETIC Product Development Grant Due Feb. 14, 2022 Preapplication form

American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers various grants and fellowships up to $30,000, due in November and December

The Kentucky Society for Natural History provides funds for students engaged in natural history and biodiversity research in Kentucky. Click here for application guidelines. Review of applications and awarding of funds will move quickly in the immediate weeks following the submission deadline.
The Eastern Kentucky University Division of Natural Areas provides funds for students to support their scholarly activities (research, all forms of art, and other non-research projects) involving EKU's Natural Areas. Questions? contact Dr. Stephen Richter, Associate Director, EKU Natural Areas
The Student-Grant-in-Aid Program (graduate and undergraduate students from any institution) provides funding for proposed/ongoing work.
 The Division's Paul John Kalisz Conservation Award (EKU undergraduates only) is intended to recognize undergraduate students from any major whose scholarly projects focus on conservation of forest ecosystems, amphibians, reptiles, or carnivores. In addition to research, all forms of art and other non-research projects with a focus on conservation, wildlife, or preservation of natural resources are eligible. This award of $500 is to recognize outstanding creative work that has been completed or that is being proposed. Although the award can be used to fund your effort, it is intended as an award outright. A Student-Grant-in-Aid Program proposal requesting funding for the project (up to an additional $500) can be submitted simultaneously.
 Although the application deadline for both is April 15, there’s a possibility to make awards on a rolling basis, if needed

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers Civil Engineering scholarships and Civil Engineering Technology scholarships, Due Feb 1.

Kentucky Native Plant Society offers student research grants, community scientists plant inventory grants, and our native plant restoration grants.   The applications are due March 15th.  Details here 

HENAAC Scholarship program: 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 offers various grants for research and/or science journalism

KY Ornithological Society
Offers research grants and grants in several other categories

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 accepts annual applications for scholarship opportunities for students who will be pursuing a Civil Engineering Degree at the University of Kentucky, the University of Louisville, or Western Kentucky University AND who would be interested in working for KYTC after graduation.  If selected, the students will be eligible for stipends in the amount of $6,200/semester for the freshman & sophomore years and $6,600/semester for the junior & senior years, along with the opportunity to work for KYTC after graduation. 
 This is a scholarship available for those interested in employment with state government in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  It is not a scholarship that is offered as general financial assistance. Details and application

Louisville Sustainability Council Microgrants
Details and application link  2022 Deadline is February 28.