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Lowering the Barriers to New Research Innovations Through Mentorship, Stimulus and Teamwork

The Office of Research Operations (ORO) provides mentorship, expertise, pilot funding and support to streamline grant application preparation, submission and post-award compliance. A fundamental goal of the ORO is to increase the competitiveness of extramural grant and contract applications from the college.

Recent News

UK Grad Student Receives NIH F31 Award for a project started with UK IRC pilot funding

UK College of Pharmacy graduate student Kaitlind Howard received a competitive grant from the National Institutes of Health for a project that previously received pilot funding from the UK Igniting Research Collaborations program.

UK College of Pharmacy Collaboration Results in $2.9 Million Grant to Advance Epilepsy Research

Björn Bauer and a team of six co-investigators recently received $2.9 million from the National Institutes of Health to support their mission to find therapeutic strategies to resolve neurovascular inflammation and repair blood-brain barrier dysfunction in epilepsy.

Grant Application Materials

Grant Application Resources, Templates and Samples


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Research Pilot Programs

See the College of Pharmacy and University of Kentucky pilot fund opportunities, College of Pharmacy research mentorship programs and recent College of Pharmacy pilot awardees here.

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Office of Sponsored Projects Administration

Office of Sponsored Projects Administration (OSPA) is responsible for administering extramural grants and contracts awarded through the University of Kentucky Research Foundation.

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Proposal Development Office

The mission of the Proposal Development Office (PDO) is to assist University of Kentucky faculty, staff, and students to seek and secure external funding for research, scholarship, and creative activities through the submission of competitive grant and contract applications.


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Meet Our Faculty Mentors

Our faculty are a cornerstone of research excellence in the College of Pharmacy. This exceptional team of faculty educators, scholars and colleagues fuels the research engine and drives innovation.

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The Office of Research Operations provides programs, support services, and infrastructure to enable the pioneering research of our faculty, the diverse portfolio of which spans basic, translational, health outcomes, and public policy research. Contact us to learn more.

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We wish to remember and honor those who inhabited this Commonwealth before the arrival of the Europeans. Briefly occupying these lands were the Osage, Wyndott tribe, and Miami peoples. The Adena and Hopewell peoples, who are recognized by the naming of the time period in which they resided here, were here more permanently. Some of their mounds remain in the Lexington area, including at UK’s Adena Park.

In more recent years, the Cherokee occupied southeast Kentucky, the Yuchi southwest Kentucky, the Chickasaw extreme western Kentucky and the Shawnee central Kentucky including what is now the city of Lexington. The Shawnee left when colonization pushed through the Appalachian Mountains. Lower Shawnee Town ceremonial grounds are still visible in Greenup County.

We honor the first inhabitants who were here, respect their culture, and acknowledge the presence of their descendants who are here today in all walks of life including fellow pharmacists and healthcare professionals.