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 .  Questions? contact Dr. Stephen Richter, Associate Director, EKU Natural Areas

Edward Lee & Mary Rose Allgeier Scholarship - University of Louisville M.A./M.S. in Sustainability
Scholarship will be awarded to cover up to the cost of in-state tuition to a M.A./M.S. in Sustainability Student at the University of Louisville. Scholarship will also provide stipend for recipient in the amount of up to $9,000 per fall & spring academic semester and up to $4,000 for summer semester. 
Applications is due 4/28/2021 and must include:  
One (1) page essay indicating your academic and career goals and how this award will help you to achieve these goals. 
Applicant must meet the minimum qualifications for admission to the M.A./M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies: Sustainability Concentration. 
Admission materials include the graduate school application (available at, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts displaying an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and personal statement specific to the program (not the essay for the scholarship).  The GRE is no longer required for admission to this program.   
Please e-mail the scholarship essay directly to Dr. Tamara Sluss, Director of the Program.  Please put the title of the scholarship (Allgeier Scholarship) as the subject of the e-mail.   Questions? Email Dr. Sluss  or leave a voicemail at 502-529-1602.
U of L Sustainability Program Information here

The Kentucky Society for Natural History offers funding to support undergraduate and graduate student research that expands natural history knowledge in Kentucky. We encourage research in both the field and laboratory, with information disseminated through presentations, journals, monographs, books, and other literature. The KSNH includes all of the field sciences of natural history— geography, geology, biology, environmental chemistry, and others, so please pass this on to your colleagues. Grants of up to $1000 for graduate students and $500 for undergraduate students will be awarded. Funds may be used to pay for travel and consumable supplies associated with research, but may not be used to pay stipends or hourly wages. The deadline for submission of applications is 1 February 2020.  Details here

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 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 is now accepting applications until Feb 1, 2020,  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