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Infrastructure and Assets

National Battery Manufacturing R&D Center

The Commonwealth of Kentucky, the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville have partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory to establish a Battery Manufacturing R&D Center at the Spindletop Research Park in Lexington to help develop and deploy a domestic supply of advanced battery technologies for vehicle applications that will aid in securing U.S. energy independence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help in strengthening the economy. www.KYArgonne.org

The Center’s activities for automotive battery applications include:

  • Evaluating battery components, manufacturing, equipment and methods
  • Conducting research to scale-up production of advanced materials
  • Expanding testing capabilities to support U.S. battery manufacturing
  • Developing recycling technologies for battery materials
  • Future activities will include developing advanced processing and manufacturing technologies for stationary battery applications

The Center facilitates collaborations with industry and other universities and federal research labs with specialized capabilities and battery R&D programs to complement the Center’s efforts.

Tony Hancock

Kentucky Innovation Network

The Cabinet for Economic Development’s Office of Entrepreneurship manages the Kentucky Innovation Network , which consists of 13 offices that serve every county in the Commonwealth. These centers operate to increase the quality of investments flowing to knowledge-based firms throughout Kentucky. The network also increases statewide knowledge of entrepreneurship, start-up processes, and investment practices, while providing value-added services to existing businesses, start-ups, and the investment community. The goal of the program is to increase the probability of Kentucky-based high-growth, knowledge-based businesses being created and funded.

Rick Johnson – Associate Vice President
Kentucky Innovation Network Headquarters
200 W. Vine Street, Ste. 420
Lexington, KY 40507
Work: (859) 246-3231
Cell: (859) 327-9195
Fax: (859) 259-0986

Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation

The Cabinet contracts with the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC) to leverage and connect public and private assets, ensure service quality, build statewide resources to support client activities, and provide training in commercialization methods. The Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation is a private, nonprofit corporation committed to the advancement of science, technology, and innovative economic development.

Kris Kimel
859.233.3502 ext. 223
kkimel@kstc.com www.kstc.com

Technology Incubators

Kentucky supports a network of technology business incubators to provide start-up and small firms with critical business assistance, in addition to low-cost office space, light manufacturing, and/or laboratory facilities. Click Here for a list of Kentucky Technology Business Incubators.


There are eight public universities across Kentucky that conduct a wide range of innovative, world-class research and development, as well as offering assistance in obtaining protection for intellectual property and commercializing technologies. Please contact the departments listed below for information.

University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky Research www.research.uky.edu

Office for Commercialization & Economic Development

University of Louisville
University of Louisville Research www.louisville.edu/research

Office of Technology Transfer

Eastern Kentucky University www.eku.edu

Western Kentucky University
Office of Research and Economic Development ored.wku.edu

Northern Kentucky University
Office of Research, Grants and Contracts rgc.nku.edu

Morehead State University
Office of Research and Sponsored Grants moreheadstate.edu/rgc

Murray State University
Office of Sponsored Programs campus.murraystate.edu/administ/sponsoredprograms/OSPHome.html

Kentucky State University www.kysu.edu


Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development   Old Capitol Annex  300 West Broadway   Frankfort, KY 40601
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