Three KU researchers in the mountains of Colorado use GPS devices to navigate terrain during a geology fieldwork expedition.


KU research addresses problems of worldwide significance, delivers solutions that make a difference to Kansas and the region, and promotes an inclusive community of responsible inquiry and innovation for students and scholars.

Chart your course

The KU Office of Research offers resources to support all facets of inquiry, exploration, innovation and collaboration.
Researchers at a fossil dig site

KU discoveries are changing the world

KU researchers work at the leading edge of science, education, business, engineering, and the arts + humanities to transform the way we understand and experience the world.

Research stories

Research brag points

U.S. public institutions in the Association of American Universities
million in externally funded research expenditures in FY23
individuals supported by externally funded research expenditures
Researchers walk down a street in Tanzania talking to one another while participating in ColLAB, an international, interdisciplinary, experiential learning, research program.

Find your intellectual home

KU's 11 designated research centers bring faculty and students together to pursue research, teaching and community outreach on a broad range of topics.

Centers + institutes
Instrumentation in nanofabrication laboratory where lab-on-a-chip devices are being manufactured for at-home, rapid COVID-19 testing

Enhance your research capacity  

KU's core research labs support investigators and industry partners by providing assistance and training on specialized instrumentation, experimental design, and data analysis.

Core labs

Themes + impact

KU has identified five strategic research areas that align with major global challenges and represent opportunities to build upon our emerging strengths. The Research Rising initiative is launching projects in line with these themes, expanding key faculty expertise and investing in research support.
Three researchers examine a piece of wire from a KU racing car

KU Research Events

Students in the Physics Engineering Student Organization operate a Tesla coil that shoots electric tentacles in various directions against a dark, night sky.t with a bunch of physicists could be so thrilling!?!  I'd love to give a big shout out to PESO ( The Physics Engineering Student Organization) for being so incredibly kind with their time and generosity of knowledge. Your passion is palpable and infectious!

Find a KU expert

Writer seeking sources for a story? Researcher mining for collaborators? Curious explorer? 'Experts at KU' has you covered.

Find a KU expert

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KU Discoveries is a bimonthly newsletter dedicated to celebrating and facilitating research at the University of Kansas.