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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This past week, new Jayhawks moved in and started their first semester at KU. Madisen Pool, a freshman in computer engineering, captured one of his first sunrises on the Hill. With a fresh start, and a feeling of accomplishment for starting college, Pool thought this view was a great reminder to enjoy life. We asked Pool what his advice would be to his fellow new Jayhawks and he said, "make your time here at the university memorable. Have fun, do something you’ve always wanted to do, meet new people, and most importantly get the most out of your experience and shape your life the way you want it to be. Rock Chalk!" We couldn't agree more. Rock Chalk, Madisen! Show us your new experiences with the hashtag, #exploreKU.

KU student tricks monkey flower into growing protective ‘hair’ Thanks to a KU Undergraduate Research Award (see more at http://ugresearch.ku.edu/student/fund/ugra), Sukhindervir Sandhu, a KU junior in biochemistry, figured out which genetic button to push to get a monkey flower, or Mimulus guttatus, to grow protective trichomes, or plant hair. Sandhu was able to track it down to a gene called SKP-1. By silencing SKP-1, he discovered that gene regulates plant hair growth in monkey flowers.


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