Strategic Initiative Opportunities

  • HandshakeUniversity Cluster Hire Program

    The University Cluster Hires program is designed to attract new faculty members to campus across multiple disciplines, oriented around a common research objective.

  • Research Investment Council & Strategic Initiative Grant Program

    The Research Investment Council is one immediate method in which we will invest in faculty-driven initiatives in order to move great multidisciplinary ideas forward. The Strategic Initiative Grant Program provides funding at various levels to advance our strategic initiative themes.

  • Bold Aspirations Visitor and Lecture Series

    The Bold Aspirations Visitor and Lecture Series highlight eminent visitors and KU scholars related to the strategic initiative themes.

  • Bedazzler by Patrick Dougherty in front of Spooner Hall 2009Red Hot Research Sessions for KU Faculty4:00 p.m. Friday, February 8 at The Commons

    Formerly "Research Sharing Sessions," Red Hot Research comes as a part of our continued effort to bring together scholars from all disciplines, and in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment will feature six faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

  • Bioengineering student in laboratoryBioengineering Colloquium

    The bioengineering graduate program invites other faculty, staff, and students with related interests to attend their colloquium series this spring. Information about the colloquium schedule and speakers can be found at the link above. Contact Destiny Poole (dtpoole@ku.edu, 864-5258) if you have questions about the series.

  • Proof of Concept Fund

    The Proof of Concept (POC) Fund will provide funding to mature KU research projects for one year to make the technologies more attractive for private investment, ideally within 12 months of being awarded funding. The fund is available to projects in all areas of technology – including electronics, software, communications and engineering – that are not eligible for proof-of-concept funding through KU’s Institute for Advancing Medical Innovations.

Bold Aspirations

Bold Aspirations is the strategic plan for KU, comprising individual plans for the following:

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Matt Menzenski, a graduate student in Slavic languages & literatures, took this photo during President Obama’s speech at KU Thursday. Menzenski says he was struck by how relaxed the president was in his delivery. He missed a chance to hear former President Bill Clinton speak in his hometown in 2004, but finally got to see a sitting president this week at KU. “The opportunity to hear the president speak is just one of many great opportunities I've had at KU. So many interesting talks and events happen here all the time. I try to attend at least one a week-- it's never hard to find something interesting to go to.” Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures KU Dept of Slavic Languages - Friends & Alumni Barack Obama The White House #exploreKU #POTUSatKU

Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


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