Research Support Program
The Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997 (HB 1) establishes aggressive goals for the University of Kentucky (UK) and the University of Louisville (UofL). By the year 2020, UK is to become a major comprehensive research institution ranked nationally in the top 20 public universities and UofL is to become a premier, nationally recognized, metropolitan research university. Recognizing the importance of ambitious research agendas for achieving these goals, the Kentucky Department of Commercialization and Innovation, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and UK and UofL officials developed a goal of reaching $500 million in extramural academic research and development expenditures ($300 million at UK and $200 million at UofL) as defined by the National Science Foundation by the year 2010. To attain this goal, both institutions need the necessary infrastructure for a healthy research enterprise.