University Handbook, Section G:
Research

General Support and Coordination of Research

G1 Research at Kansas State University--with support from the state as well as from federal aid and private sources--is recognized as an essential part of the university's responsibility. At the most advanced levels, research is the mode of learning. Therefore, it is important to budget faculty time for research, to coordinate projects, and to provide guidelines and services for obtaining support and information.

G2 Adjusting teaching loads. A portion of a faculty member's time may be formally budgeted for research. His/her teaching load is then reduced proportionately. The assignment of individual teaching loads is a responsibility of the department or, where there is no departmental organization, of the particular college or division.

Kansas State University Research Foundation

G20 The Research Foundation is a non-profit corporation established under a policy of the Kansas Board of Regents for the purpose of handling patents and inventions coming from research done at the university. The income from its operations after expenses and sharing with the inventors is used to support research and development activities at the university. (See Copyrights, Patents, Royalties, G80.)

Major Research Units

Agricultural Experiment Station

G30 Refer to Kansas State University General Catalog or Biennial Report of Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station for additional information.

G31 Organization, administration. The Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station was one of the first experiment stations organized at the nation's land-grant schools under the Hatch Act of 1887. That act and subsequent acts of Congress have made possible grants-in-aid appropriations to support basic and applied research to benefit the state of Kansas and Kansas State University. Headed by a director, KAES is the state's largest research agency. Besides headquarters at Kansas State University, there are research-extension centers at Colby and Garden City and Branch Experiment Stations at Hays and Parsons. There also are 11 experiment fields: Cornbelt (Powhattan), northcentral Kansas (Belleville), Irrigation (Scandia), Sandyland Irrigation and Dryland (St. John), southcentral Kansas (Hutchinson), Harvey County (Hesston), eastcentral (Ottawa), Kansas River Valley Irrigation (Topeka, Rossville), southwest Kansas (Chetopa), Wichita, and eastcentral Horticulture Field (De Soto).

G32 Agricultural research by the experiment station complex involves more than 11,000 acres. Several specialized centers of excellence are affiliated research units that greatly facilitate KAES investigations.

G33 Scope of research. Research by faculty and unclassified professionals in the experiment station is organized into more than 600 projects conducted in departments in five of the university's colleges and which cover nearly all phases of agriculture in its broadest context. Though most of the research is supported by federal and state funds, much is sponsored research. KAES faculty and unclassified professionals collaborate with others within the university, state and federal agencies, and researchers from other states on regional research projects.

G34 KAES projects support such research programs as water quality and conservation; resource-efficient agricultural systems that conserve the natural resource base; safe and effective pest management systems for plants and animals; genetic enhancement of animals and plants; improved marketing strategies and global competitiveness of agricultural products; optimal health through improved dietary patterns, nutrition, and behavior of the food consumer; production, processing, marketing, and distribution systems for agricultural products; stability and well-being of individuals, families and communities to improve their quality of life.

G35 In addition to full-time faculty and unclassified professionals employed by KAES and its off-campus units, other faculty or unclassified professionals in the various colleges may have a portion of their time budgeted for agricultural experiment station research.

G36 Publishing research results. Results of research are published in scientific journals, station bulletins, reports of progress, pamphlets, leaflets, research papers, popular journals, computer software programs, news releases to the press and to radio and television stations, and reports at field days and other special events. (Outlets for releasing research results and happenings to the public include Extension Information, H4, and News Services, J40.)

G37 Editorial service. Manuscripts based on research done in projects administered by the KAES go through the director's office to be given a contribution number and to be recorded for the director's report, as required by federal and state regulations. Manuscripts that the station publishes are edited and reviewed before being published. At the author's option, manuscripts not published by the KAES may be edited before going to other publishers (primarily scientific journals). The KAES urges authors to have their manuscripts thoroughly reviewed before submitting them for publication.

Kansas Water Resources Research Institute

G39 The Kansas Water Resources Research Institute was established in 1964 after Congress passed the Water Resources Research Act. Kansas State University and the University of Kansas cooperate on the development of water-utilization and water-quality research. The purpose of the institute is to conduct both basic and applied research and to train individuals in areas related to water resources. Research and education interests include the hydrological cycle; supply and demand for water; methods of increasing water supplies; and economic, legal, social, engineering, recreational, biological, geographical, ecological, and other aspects of water problems.

Engineering Experiment Station

G40 Within the College of Engineering, the Engineering Experiment Station is responsible for the administration of research. The Experiment Station was established by the Kansas Board of Regents for the purpose of performing research of engineering and manufacturing value to the state of Kansas and for collecting and presenting technical information for the use of industry and the people of the state. While the Experiment Station still functions to meet the obligations of its original charge, its activities have expanded to include research of national and international significance.

G41 The faculty of the Experiment Station is composed of members of all departments of the College of Engineering. Projects, however, are not necessarily limited to the College of Engineering. Faculty from the Engineering Experiment Station work closely with those from the Agricultural Experiment Station and with others from within the university on projects of mutual concern. The activities of the Engineering Experiment Station are funded by state appropriations and by grants and contracts from governmental agencies and private industries. (Further information about the Engineering Experiment Station and related research centers and institutes in engineering is available in the Kansas State University General Catalog.)

G42 Vice President for Research: University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

The vice president for research has overall responsibility for research policies and initiatives in the university.

The vice president has responsibility for enhancing the research infrastructure of the university, for creating and supervising interdisciplinary research programs, and for providing assistance to faculty and unclassifed professionals in the development of proposals to extramural agencies through the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Other services provided through this office include project development and access to databases on current sources of extramural funding.

Housed within the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is the Office of Grants and Contracts Pre-Award Services. This office is responsible for assisting faculty and unclassified professionals in the preparation of budgets and in the final preparation of proposals to ensure conformity with sponsor and university guidelines. This office has sole authority within the university for final approval and for university signature on all proposals submitted to any extramural agency or sponsor. All proposals that are to be submitted to extramural sponsors must therefore be routed through this office for signature prior to submission.

Special Research Regulations

G50 Research on human subjects. The Kansas State University Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects must approve the procedures to be followed in all research involving human subjects prior to the commencement of any use of human subjects. Faculty and unclassified professionals initiating activities or projects involving the use of human subjects shall provide, as may be requested by the committee, justification and explanation of planned procedures. Subcommittees have been developed in some departments and colleges to assist the university committee in the review process. These committees have the responsibility to determine for each activity as planned and conducted that:

The rights and welfare of subjects are adequately protected; the risks to subjects are outweighed by potential benefits; the informed consent of subjects will be obtained by methods that are adequate and appropriate. Faculty members or unclassified professionals planning projects involving human subjects should consult the Handbook for Research, Demonstration or Other Activities Involving Human Subjects. (Copies of the handbook and other information are available from the Graduate School office.)

G51 Classified research. The purpose of a university is to develop and transmit knowledge. Consistent with this purpose, Kansas State University is committed to making ideas and research results available to all who might wish to use them. Therefore, the policy of the university is that classified research may not be carried out under university auspices by any faculty member, unclassified professional member, student, or other university personnel unless it is first approved by the Committee on Classified Research. The Committee on Classified Research will include faculty representation and will report to the Vice Provost for Research and the Dean of the Graduate School. University faculty and unclassified professionals initiating activities involving classified research shall provide, as may be requested by the committee, verification that the planned research does not hinder any participating student from completing his or her degree(s) and publishing the student's required work for the degree(s) and does not hinder any participating faculty member from gaining tenure.

G52 Classified research may be broadly defined as research about which any of the following aspects are kept secret for an indefinite period with control of their release or publication exercised by an agency other than the university: 1) purpose of the research, 2) the names of the investigators, 3) the amount and sources of funds, 4) the university facilities used, 5) research procedures, and 6) the results of the research.

G53 This policy does not abrogate the right of research investigators to protect their work until it is patented or copyrighted. Neither should the policy be construed to prohibit the exercise of conventional privacy rights or to restrict university personnel in private consulting arrangements. This policy should not be interpreted as restrictive but rather as a safeguard to free and open inquiry and discussion by faculty, unclassified professionals, students, and other university personnel. Any exception to the policy must be recommended by the Graduate Council and approved by the executive committee of the faculty senate.

G54 Use of hazardous materials. Departments and individual faculty and unclassified professionals should have procedures to insure that all possible caution is used in activities involving hazardous biological, radioactive, and chemical agents. The university also has a standing committee on biohazard safety, which is concerned with biologically hazardous agents, such as recombinant DNA and pathogens. (For further information or in the event of an accident with hazardous biological agents, contact the University Safety Officer.)

Research Facilities and Services

G60 Significant research and support facilities available include:

G61 Computing Activities. The university's computer facilities are for the use of all students, faculty, unclassified professionals, and other university personnel. Sponsored research projects are expected to pay computer costs, consulting, and programming. Legitimate unsponsored projects are supported to the limit of available resources.

G62 The Statistical Laboratory. Consulting and computational services of this laboratory are available to faculty, unclassified professionals, and students at Kansas State University, including those associated with the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

G63 University Libraries. Hale Library and branch libraries (in buildings housing architecture and design, physics, and veterinary medicine). (Discussed under Major Resources, J1.)

G64 Libraries within driving distance: Truman Library (Independence, Missouri), Eisenhower Library (Abilene), Linda Hall Library (Kansas City, Missouri), Kansas State Historical Library (Topeka), Federal Record Center (Kansas City, Missouri). (Discussed under Major Resources, J6-12)

Faculty Publication Support

G70 To encourage faculty scholarship, the university will, upon the author's request, and subject to the availability of departmental funds, purchase up to 300 copies of scientific or other scholarly articles published in recognized professional journals for distribution by the author to interested professional colleagues. Not included are articles reporting on research supported by non-appropriated funds. Researchers are encouraged to list publication costs in all research projects and all requests for research funds.

Copyrights, Patents, Royalties

G80 See the K-State Intellectual Property Policy in Appendix R.