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Research Grants

Research Grants

The following is a list of research grants received by faculty and graduate students during the 2019 calendar year. For more information on an individual grant, visit the University of Kentucky grants database, https://ris.uky.edu/ospa/spifi/search.aspx.


Timothy Stombaugh is a co-investigator on a team that received funding from the Kentucky Small Grain Growers Association to improve fungicide application recommendations for managing fusarium head blight of wheat.

$18,576

Michael P. Sama is one of the co-investigators on a grant for applied UAV research into airborne contaminant dispersion. https://www.engr.uky.edu/news/2019/09/hoagg-awarded-12-million-grant-applied-uav-research

$1.2 million

Sam McNeill, Michael Montross, and Doug Overhults received funding to conduct at least 40 on-farm energy audits for Kentucky farm and rural small business owners across the state during a 12-month period.

$99,976

Steve Higgins and Lee Moser received funding from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet to incorporate campus green and food waste into the animal waste composting facility at the C. Oran Little Research Farm in Woodford County, Kentucky.

$27,397

Carmen Agouridis is one of eight University of Kentucky researchers who have received funding from the National Science Foundation to develop a training program which addresses the critical need for a skilled workforce equipped to meet three key challenges faced by mankind, namely, providing adequate amounts of food to a growing population, generating energy that is both sustainable and carbon-neutral, and managing water resources.

$2,998,456

Dwayne Edwards is part of a team that has received funding from the Kentucky Soybean Promotion Board to facilitate the establishment of a network of edge-of-field water quality monitoring demonstration sites in Kentucky collectively known as Blue Water Farms.

$206,003

Czarena Crofcheck is part of a large team that has received funding from the National Science Foundation to produce a trained, STEM-driven workforce that will allow Kentucky to maintain and grow its manufacturing base.

$3,820,364

A team led by Akinbode Adedeji plans to develop a way to quickly and noninvasively identify moth-infected apples. The project is funded through a grant from USDA’s NIFA. http://ow.ly/iDxJ50wqDa9

$473,989

Dwayne Edwards is part of a team that received funding from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government to use research data on the phosphorus (P) content of dog waste, which will be translated into educational material targeting pet owners. The team assumes that an informed public will adopt pet waste management practices that will reduce nutrient loads to Kentucky streams.

$35,000

Akinbode Adedeji is a co-project director on a USDA NIFA grant titled “Enhancing Learning Outcomes in Food Engineering and Processing Courses for Non-Engineers Using Student-Centered Approaches.”  

$747,328

Steve Higgins and Lee Moser are part of a team that was awarded a University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge grant to compost cafeteria waste from UK Dining facilities. https://www.uky.edu/sustainability/2019-scg-recipients#Compost

$36,094

Felix Akharume, with faculty advisor Akinbode Adedeji, was awarded a Student Opportunity Grant from the University of Kentucky’s Food Connection.

$2,500

Sue Nokes and Jian Shi are members of an interdisciplinary team for the “Kentucky Integrated Biorefinery” project, which was supported by a 2019 University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge Grant.

$34,882

Matt Dixon is a subject matter expert on a USDA NIFA grant supporting "LADDER: Local Approach to Discussion-Based Disaster Exercises and Readiness."