Seed Grant Program

The State of Kansas provides K-State with funding for GFS-related research, workforce development, and economic development and innovation activities. Faculty researchers work with industry partners on our world’s most pressing problems.


Focusing on solutions to world food challenges, statewide job creation, and Kansas economic growth, the GFS Seed Grant Program will support interdisciplinary faculty research that — in partnership with industry — leads to innovations in nutrition, water management, food safety, pest management, obesity and other food system-related issues. Faculty researchers will mentor and train students and Seed Grant Program-funded projects will demonstrate clear economic benefit for Kansas.

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“Maybe, based on the patent, we can form a startup company in Kansas. Maybe Kansas can become a standard for STEC monitoring and detection."
Jing Ding, postdoctoral fellow in mechanical and nuclear engineering
“A lot of people can use microwells on their device but our specialty is that we can apply the electrical signals to the droplets. That means we can use the electrical signals to capture the specific type of E. coli we want and distinguish between live and dead STECs.”
Kuan-Lun Ho, doctoral candidate in mechanical and nuclear engineering