Welcome to NASA Kentucky

Kentucky Space Grant Consortium has invested in Kentucky’s NASA-related research for 25 years. Managed alongside Kentucky’s NASA EPSCoR, these programs form the core of NASA Kentucky, providing an engine of opportunity for scientific and technological leadership in the state.

NASA Kentucky News

Next Round of Kentucky Space Grant RFP is Open
Interested in applying for NASA Kentucky Space Grant funding? The 2014 Kentucky Space Grant Request for Proposals is open until Oct 28: NASA Kentucky Space Grant

NASA Kentucky, UofL, WKU Receive NASA Research Award
Award will result in $1 million of funding for NASA-partnered research in Kentucky: Read more

UK Receives Opportunity to Launch Satellite from International Space Station
UK is 1 of 5 schools nationwide to receive the award, will launch Cubesat from ISS: Read more

Kentucky Wing Design Competition 2014, Sponsored by UK Engineering / IAE
Results from Sat. May 17 at Lake Cumberland Regional Airport:
1st: Conner High School – Team Dumbo
2nd: Conner High School – My Favorite Team
3rd: South Warren High School
Info on this year’s competition

UK, Morehead Design and Build a Small Satellite
KySat-2 launched Nov 19, 2013 at 8:15 PM with the ORS-3 mission from NASA Wallops.
Video: Kentucky’s Student-Built Satellite


Current Award Opportunities
NASA Kentucky:

RFP-15-001: NASA Kentucky Space Grant 2014 RFP OPEN
RFP-12-003A: NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity PENDING
RFP-12-UGTS: NASA KY Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Travel Scholarships OPEN


NASA Spring 2015 Internships  OPEN  Closes Oct 12, 2014
NASA Fellowships  CLOSED  Closed Sept 9, 2014
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars  CLOSED  Closed August 18, 2014
NASA Kennedy Pathways Internships  CLOSED  Closed July 21, 2014

Additional opportunities listed on NASA Internships and Team Projects.


• NASA Kentucky expects to release its EPSCoR call for proposals in Oct 2014.
• The National Council of Space Grant Directors 25th Anniversary Space Grant Book is now
   available (PDF, 25MB). Kentucky Space Grant is featured on pgs. 38-39.

Conferences, Meetings, and Lectures

Kentucky Aviation Education Expo 2014  Lexington – Aug 9-10, 2014
Kentucky Aviation Conference 2014  Bowling Green – Sept 10-12, 2014


About NASA Kentucky
NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium

In partnership with NASA’s National Space Grant Program, the NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium provides opportunities in aerospace-related research and education for Kentucky colleges and universities who are its members. See the Kentucky Space Grant page for more information about our member schools, affiliate representatives, and funding programs.

NASA Kentucky EPSCoR

The NASA Kentucky EPSCoR Program provides funding for NASA-related research projects within the state. Any Kentucky institution of higher learning is eligible to apply. More information is available on the NASA Kentucky EPSCoR page.


Wing Design Competition 2013

Wing Design Competition 2013 Results:
• 1st – Conner High School (Boone County), Team Charlie
• 2nd – Muhlenberg County High School, Flying Mustangs
• 3rd – Conner High School (Boone County), Ace of Spades
• Aviators’ Award – Taylor County High School
• Aviators’ Award Honorable Mention – Frankfort High School,¬†Unmanned Panther Squadron
Wing Design Competition 2013 photo gallery and full results

News & Events

NASA Kentucky, UofL, WKU Receive NASA Research Award

UofL Runner-Up in USLI, Kentucky Students Successful in Recent Aerospace Competitions

Wing Design Competition 2013 Press Release and Final Results

RFP-12-003A Research Faculty NASA Travel Opportunity Extended to 2014

The NASA Kentucky Space Grant and EPSCoR Programs transitioned in 2010 to the University of Kentucky as host institution. Awards initiated before April 1, 2010 will continue to be administered at Western Kentucky University by Dr. Michael Carini. He can be reached via email nasa@wku.edu or phone 270-745-6198.

Contact Us

Dr. Suzanne Weaver Smith, Director

Dr. Janet K. Lumpp, Associate Director

Jacob Owen, Assistant Director

Mark Pittman, Program Manager

NASA Kentucky Space Grant Consortium and EPSCoR Programs
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
112 Robotics Bldg (RMB)
Lexington, KY 40506-0108

Phone: 859-218-6272 (859-218-NASA)
Fax: 859-257-0035
E-mail: nasa@uky.edu