As a major research institution and member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, KU proudly claims a distinguished record of innovation.
KU researchers pioneer new paradigms in cancer treatment. Scour ancient Antarctic plant life. Forge actionable paths toward a sustainable future. Whatever grand challenges we may face, Jayhawks are here to question, investigate, and solve.
Powering Kansas and investing in local communities
KU innovation drives our vision of an even stronger and more prosperous future for Kansas. KU research employs thousands of regional workers and forms the basis for dozens of active startups. Armed with knowledge and experience earned from a top research institution, KU graduates leave KU ready to elevate the region’s workforce.
Partnering innovation with industry
When commercial partners seek solutions that align with their business goals, they turn to KU. Sponsoring or collaborating with KU research is a cost-effective investment in your business’s future and profile.Partner with KU
What will you research? It may start with a hobby or a major or a particular class. Guided by faculty mentors and campus resources, KU research could span cultures or disciplines, centuries or continents. Along the way, you’ll enrich your understanding of the world and yourself.
Room for all research
Research isn’t limited to a single venue. You may find yourself suiting up for a superclean laboratory, trawling quiet library stacks, or taking the stage. No matter how you choose to blaze your trail, you’ll find a platform to facilitate and fund your endeavors.
Leading the way with world-class talent
Mentorship is key to effective research. Students work closely with experts who lead their fields and are eager to help you navigate new areas of study.
The following themes align KU research with the major challenges facing the world and our society.
Development across the lifespan
Advancing educational, social, and behavioral approaches to address developmental challenges
Increasing understanding to help sustain the life of our planet and its inhabitants
Human experience in the digital age
Exploring what is gained and lost in the human experience as we find ourselves inundated with new technologies
Advancing the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human disease
Developing new approaches to combat emerging threats and vulnerabilities