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Kansas State University: A Cutting-Edge Institution with a Robust Research Climate

Kansas State University: A Cutting-Edge Institution with a Robust Research Climate

Founded in 1863, Kansas State University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant universities and has earned recognition for its innovative curriculum that includes high-demand academic programs, a robust research climate, and service and outreach initiatives that meet the needs of the state, nation and world. As the institution embraces the future, it is defining what it means to be a global land-grant university in the 21st Century, providing leadership in research and education to match important humanitarian and market needs around the world.

The university is home to more than 90 research centers with a proven ability to create transformational science of world interest, and it ranks among the Top 30 public research universities for licensing its discoveries into the global marketplace. Classified as a Carnegie Research University at the highest activity level, Kansas State University's total research and sponsored program expenditures in FY 2014 were $185 million, with the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the largest federal sponsors (View our Research Facts and Figures).

Cutting-edge research requires a supporting infrastructure. The university invested $73.3 million in academic facilities in FY 2015, and $207.1 million in FY 2016. These investments include state-of-the art additions to the College of Engineering facilities; renovations to Seaton Hall, the home of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design; a new home for the College of Business Administration; and the newest residence hall, Wefald Hall.

Through K-State Research and Extension, the university conducts practical research and delivers those results to all 105 counties to improve the lives of Kansans. Research and extension initiatives include: natural resources and environmental management; healthy communities; safe food and human nutrition; competitive agricultural systems; and economic development through value-added products. Extension personnel are located in every Kansas county as well as nine experiment fields, four area offices, three research centers, and three researchextension centers. Kansas State University brings research and extension faculty and their research results into the classroom.

A global leader in animal health, plant science, food safety and food security, Kansas State University is a model of entrepreneurship and successful collaboration with public and private partners in cutting-edge research and bioscience technology to advance the university and accelerate regional economic growth. The university's efforts have garnered international attention as a model for university/private-sector engagement.

Many unique institutes and programs flourish at the state, national and international levels as part of the university's growing research enterprise. These include the Biosecurity Research Institute; four USAID Feed the Future Innovation Labs that focus on sorghum and millet, wheat, reducing postharvest losses, and sustainable intensification; the Johnson Cancer Research Center; the Konza Prairie Biological Station; the Sensory Analysis Center; the International Grains Program; and the James R. Macdonald Laboratory for Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is building the $1.25 billion National Bio and Agrodefense Facility (NBAF) adjacent to the Manhattan campus that is expected to be fully operational by 2022-23 (k-state.edu/nbaf). NBAF will replace Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York and will provide integrated research, response and diagnostic capabilities to protect animal and public health.

A key factor in the decision to locate this biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) federal laboratory in Manhattan was proximity to the university's biosafety level-3 Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The BRI is a unique bio-containment research, training and education facility that addresses threats to plant, animal and human health, including foodborne pathogens, with world-class researchers. Once completed, NBAF will help attract private biotechnology companies and scientists to the Manhattan community, as it is expected to draw an additional 40 businesses and laboratories and generate an economic return of $3.5 billion in its first 20 years.

With local and regional partners, Kansas State University is pursuing an aggressive initiative to create a Bio-Agro Science and Innovation Corridor. Emerging enterprises and established, global companies will benefit from proximity to NBAF, as well as the food, agriculture, and animal health research capabilities and talent of the university. Roughly $50 million in infrastructure improvements will establish a home for collaboration among the academy and the public and private sectors. This initiative will advance K-State 2025 while leveraging university capabilities to enhance economic prosperity in Manhattan and throughout Kansas, with the anticipated result of creating 5,000 new public- and private-sector jobs by 2035.

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