University of Kentucky set to announce $20 million federal grant to fund energy research

August 26, 2014 

The University of Kentucky plans to announce a $20 million federal research grant Wednesday to support development of a "new energy economy" in the state.

UK President Eli Capilouto will be joined by Gov. Steve Beshear, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Rep. Andy Barr and others to make the announcement Wednesday morning on UK's campus, according to a news release from Beshear's office.

The five-year award from the National Science Foundation will fund a project called "Powering the Kentucky Bioeconomy for a Sustainable Future," according to the news release.

The project will fund "targeted investments" at 10 Kentucky research and higher-education institutions. It will be managed by Rodney Andrews, director of UK's Center for Applied Energy Research.

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