Stats & Rankings


University of Kentucky Funding for FY 2017

  • Grant & contract awards to UK totaled $331.3 million, an increase of $14.8 million from FY 2016
  • Federal agencies awarded UK $178.3 million, 53.8% of UK's total awards
    • National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants totaled $113.9 million
    • National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaled $14.5 million
  • State agencies awarded UK $90.7 million
  • Industry awarded UK $18.1 million


ASTeCC Campus Incubator

  • 24 companies located on-site and 1 virtual company
  • 11 faculty R&D labs
  • 5 university centers
  • 56 graduate companies since 1994

patents licenses

IP Development, Patents, Licenses in FY 2017

  • 54 disclosures
  • 19 full patent applications, 20 provisional patent applications
  • 601 worldwide patent assets
  • 40 new patents
  • $2,393,069.17 in gross patent revenue
  • 117 total active license and option agreements
  • 13 new licenses and options, including 8 to start-up companies


Research Expenditures Rankings

Based on FY 2016 research expenditures totaling $349.6 million, UK ranks:

  • 64th among public and private universities (+5 from FY15)
  • 41st among public institutions (+3 from FY15)

These rankings were released in November 2017. The National Science Foundation (NSF) publishes the Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey each year ranking the top universities according to what they spend on research. The NSF HERD survey is considered to be the primary source of information on R&D expenditures within academia. For more information, see NSF Publications & Data.


Licensing Income & Startups Rankings

According to the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) FY 2016 survey, UK ranks:

  • 16th among public universities in the number of startups created (5)
  • 32nd among public universities in licensing income ($6,563,190)

These rankings were released in December 2017. For more information, see AUTM.