Funding Opportunities for K-State Faculty and Staff

As a university, we are focused on doing more with more. Our Next-Gen K-State strategic plan is a guide for how we deploy resources and make investments in our learners, people, infrastructure and communities.

In September 2023, President Linton announced approximately $47 million in new and recurring funding for the first year of investment in our new strategic directions. In addition to funding strategies across the Next-Gen K-State strategic plan focus areas, new investments are being designed as open and competitive funding opportunities for our faculty and staff to support academic innovation, research and discovery, and engagement.

Current Funding Opportunities

University Outstanding Scholars Awards

The University Outstanding Scholars Awards are designed to recognize outstanding tenured faculty members who are on an accelerated path for continued academic distinction.

In addition to being named a University Outstanding Scholar, each awardee will receive a $10,000 base salary increase. Eligible faculty hold the rank of tenured associate or full professor and have been in that rank for no more than five years at the time of designation. Faculty from every school or college are eligible. Up to 10 faculty will be selected each year. The first round of awards were announced in June 2024. Awards will be announced at the end of each spring semester, and appointments will begin July of each year.

2025 Due Date To Be Announced

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Next-Gen K-State 1:1 match for research space innovation and FY 25 deferred maintenance project proposal process

View the Feb. 26, 2024 announcement

The university is now accepting proposals to address deferred maintenance in fiscal year 2025, which includes proposals addressing research space innovation in alignment with the Next-Gen K-State strategic plan.

Alongside anticipated state funding in support of deferred maintenance, the university will provide up to $500,000 in matching dollars through the Next-Gen K-State plan to improve core/shared use research space, upgrading fixed equipment and/or systems within university laboratory spaces. The complete proposal process and details are available on the Vice President for Administration and Finance website via the link below.

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Travel, Acceleration and Planning (TAP) Grants

View the Feb. 6, 2024 announcement

The Office of the Vice President for Research announced new funding is available to assist faculty in research planning and large-grant development.

The Travel, Acceleration and Planning, or TAP, Grants will provide funding for travel to meet with agency or foundation personnel, travel to meet with collaborators at other institutions for proposal development meetings, support for potential co-investigators at other institutions to travel to K-State for proposal development meetings and faculty and/or staff support for large center-level grant development.

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Academic Innovation Fund

In the Fall of 2023, the Office of the Provost launched a new Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) to invest up to $1 million in new academic programs and alternative credentials. The first round of awards were announced in spring 2024, and another call for proposals will be issued again during FY 2024-2025 to spur creative curricular proposals university-wide.

Proposals may include new degree programs at all levels, minors, certificates as well as credit and noncredit microcredentials. Proposals may target existing or new audiences with a focus on positioning K-State as the first-choice education and business partner in Kansas. Additionally, proposals may build on existing curriculum or propose totally new curriculum.

Next Proposal Due Date To Be Announced

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Academic Program Review and Revitalization investments

View the Dec. 5, 2023 announcement

The FY24 APRR process provides an opportunity for every program to apply for APRR investment funds if the proposal is accompanied by written approval from your college dean.

The FY24 APRR proposal process launched at 8 a.m. on Jan. 23, 2024, via a Zoom workshop that shared how to begin the conversations and tips for successful submissions. Reports will be due on May 30, 2024.

Proposal Due Date: May 30, 2024

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K-State 105 Project Proposals

Call for proposals launched Dec. 11, 2023

K-State 105 is Kansas State University's answer to the call for a comprehensive economic growth and advancement solution for Kansas. The initiative leverages the statewide K-State Research and Extension network to deliver the full breadth of the university's collective knowledge and solution-driven innovation to every Kansan, right where they live and work. Additionally, K-State 105 forges the connections and partnerships that create access to additional expertise within other state institutions and agencies, nonprofits and corporations - all part of an effort to build additional capacities and strengths in each of the 105 counties in the state.

Do you have an idea for a K-State 105 project? Are you looking for collaboration and expertise with K-State 105 partners? Use the link below and follow the instructions to create a project proposal.

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