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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Poet offers insights to Jayhawk experience through wordplay "Welcome to KU. Where questions rest, in stacks of answers from the past. …" Listen to Topher Enneking, a spoken word poet and former KU football player, as he weaves the experience of KU and its traditions through this storytelling and wordplay performance. Learn more about KU traditions at http://www.ku.edu/about/traditions/. Welcome to KU. Where questions rest in stacks of answers from the past. Where dreams crawl out of bed And learn to walk Uphill both ways. Where freshmen stand on stilts And hang from the rafters, While the wheat waves In a fieldhouse Where the Phog rolls in Helping us to see Through the past into the future. Haunting hosts giving handouts in a heritage Too heavy to grasp til you add to it. So it may be born anew, Allowing our boots to stand in the ash of oppression’s hate But shine bright as the sun While war cries of warriors past Ring in our ears long after their battles are won. Memorials telling time, “you don’t have to stand still.” Because the top of the world Is just up that Hill. Where our natural history is an awe-struck echo Of world’s fair and equal Past, present and future, prelude and sequel. Where our flags fly above planes. Where we build in chalks that can’t be erased. Stone edifices made to last So you would walk Past their doors, down their halls And let your voice fill their room. Because only in empty silence can destruction loom. So stand tall. Wrap your arms around this crowd Sing our alma mater and sing it out loud. Let your voice sing in chorus and reach other nations Beckoning new Jayhawks to spark new collaborations Because you are the mortar that will hold these walls upright. Your future Your dreams are why Jayhawks did fight For the tradition before you Was merely prelude For what will come next now that you’re at KU.


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