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.
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.