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2025 Visionary Plan

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Theme 1: Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Discovery


Create a culture of excellence that results in flourishing, sustainable, and widely recognized research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery in a variety of disciplines and endeavors that benefit society as a whole.

Strategic Action Plan (pdf)

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Activities and Accomplishments in 2011-2016

  • Total research expenditures increased to a record high of $188.7 million, growing over 17 percent during the past five years. Our national ranking for this key K-State 2025 metric improved from 75th to 68th among public research universities.

  • Researchers are actively competing for research funding at unprecedented levels, submitting a record 2,075 grant proposals in FY16 — a 60 percent increase since FY12 — and receiving nearly $700 million in grant awards during the five year time period.

  • The university has been awarded an increasing number of multi-state, multi-institutional major grants with an international, interdisciplinary focus.

  • Four USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs were awarded to K-State, an achievement equaled only by one other university, allowing K-State to conduct cutting edge research into critical global food challenges.

  • Our research centers are gaining a national and international reputation for outstanding work with new centers such as the Sensory Analysis and Consumer Research Center and the first NSF-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Wheat Genetic Resources.

  • The National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, is under construction in Manhattan. BRI researchers are contributing to NBAF-funded transition projects as the new federal facility moves closer to completion.

  • Research faculty development was enhanced through a variety of initiatives, including annual visits of new faculty with granting agencies in Washington D.C.; redesigning the internal grant and award processes; and providing compliance training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.

  • Research visibility was raised through communication initiatives such as RSCAD Momentum, a weekly newsletter; a presence on social media; an expanded research website; the launch of Seek, K-State’s redesigned flagship research magazine; and research showcase events.

  • The newly established Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship increased the dissemination and impact of K-State scholarship.

  • Crossing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship, was launched by New Prairie Press, K-State’s open access publisher, to encourage multidisciplinary research and sharing the work of students with a wider community of scholars.

  • The Office of Undergraduate Research was established to facilitate, increase, and measure participation of undergraduates in meaningful research, scholarly and creative activities, and discovery, or RSCAD.

  • The Carnegie classification of the university improved to "highest research activity."

  • The number of new patents awarded to our researchers has increased more than 40 percent during the past two years from our previous average of four-to-six per year.

  • Technology Acceleration Partners LLC, or TechAccel, recently recognized as "America's Most Promising State Initiative," was launched as a third-party startup company to work globally to address technology innovations needed to increase food production, improve food quality and enhance animal health.

Leading the Way

Kansas State University is fighting Zika virus through mosquito research. The university’s Biosecurity Research Institute is taking a two-part approach. Researchers are studying mosquitoes to understand how they become infected with Zika virus and are providing the virus to collaborative organizations for further study.

The institute recently contributed to the development of a promising DNA vaccine that is safe and effective against Zika virus and could offer more affordable longterm protection.

Biosecurity Research Institute scientists — including Stephen Higgs, director of the institute; Dana Vanlandingham, assistant professor of virology; and Yan-Jang Huang, postdoctoral fellow in diagnostic medicine and pathobiology — have published their collaborative work in Nature Medicine, Science, and Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases.

The researchers have been involved in several important findings:

  • Culex mosquitoes, which transmit West Nile virus, do not appear to transmit Zika virus.
  • Zika virus infection may prevent reinfection.
  • Zika virus is present in the blood very early during infection and remains in some tissues for a long time.
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