Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

  • EPSCoR Managing DirectorSchool of Ocean, Earth, Science, and Technology (SOEST), UH Mānoa

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As Managing Director, Mr. Kelly is responsible for the overall administration of the National Science Foundation funded EPSCoR program in Hawai‘i, which since its inception in 2001, has awarded over $62 million for research, education, and outreach program funding on all of the main Hawaiian islands. His specific duties include analyzing, evaluating, and improving the managerial practices, methods, and procedures of the project; budget development, tracking, and analysis; and leading and coordinating program reporting from the widely distributed sites across the state. The online project reporting system developed by Hawai‘i EPSCoR is now the gold standard in reporting for EPSCoR programs across the country. Mr. Kelly also regularly represents Hawai‘i EPSCoR at NSF programmatic meetings in Washington, DC and at other related meetings, conferences, and workshops across the country.


Mr. Kelly received his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Austin in geology. He received his master’s degree in oceanography at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and his master in business administration degree at Portland State University. Mr. Kelly has previously served as an advisor to the Vice President for Research & Innovation at the University of Hawai‘i and as the associate director for the Homeland Security National Center for Island, Maritime & Extreme Environment Security (CIMES) at the University of Hawai‘i. He has also served as the director for business development and as the director of operations for the Marine Bioproducts Engineering Center (MarBEC) for the University of Hawai‘i system.

Other roles

  • President of North Shore EVP, a regional economic development organization on Oʻahu focused on generating new jobs and opportunities from existing resources in the region
  • leadership roles with the Hawaiʻi Science & Technology Council, Defend Oʻahu Coalition and the Friends of St. Partick of Hawaiʻi