Research centers + institutes

KU's 12 largest research centers are recognized as University Research Centers and report to the Office of Research. Faculty and students pursue research, teaching and community outreach on a broad range of topics. Their work aligns with local, national, and global needs and provides benefits to individuals, groups and the public good.

Others centers + programs

Core research laboratories

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Achievement & Assessment Institute

AAI and its centers partner with agencies to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement and building healthy environments.

About AAI

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Biodiversity Institute

The KU Biodiversity Institute is an internationally recognized center for research and graduate education in systematics, evolutionary biology, paleontology and archaeology.

About the BI

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Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis

Researchers at KU's Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis are developing cost-competitive chemical manufacturing processes that prevent waste and conserve natural resources.

About CEBC

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Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets

Major research directions include the development and field deployment of radar remote sensing technologies for measurements of ice sheets and sea ice.

About Cresis

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Hall Center for the Humanities

The Hall Center for the Humanities supports, creates, and disseminates research in the humanities; provides an intellectual hub for scholars and students; and fosters interdisciplinary conversation across the university.

About the Hall Center

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Higuchi Biosciences Center

The Higuchi Biosciences Center fosters an environment conducive to interdisciplinary, biomedical research.

About the HBC

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Information & Telecommunication Technology Center

ITTC advances knowledge and creates innovative technologies in telecommunications, information systems, bioinformatics and radar.

About ITTC

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Institute for Bioengineering Research

IBER provides a research, teaching, and scholarly environment that promotes creativity while catalyzing collaborations that will solve problems impacting societal health and well-being.

About IBER

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Institute for Policy & Social Research

The Institute for Policy & Social Research is a faculty-driven research center supporting social scientists who focus on social problems and policy-relevant questions.

About IPSR

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Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research

The Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research is a KU designated research center focused on ecosystems research and remote sensing/GIS programs.

About the Center

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Kansas Geological Survey

The Kansas Geological Survey is a research and service division that investigates and provides information about the state's geologic and groundwater resources.

About KGS

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Life Span Institute

The KU Life Span Institute brings together researchers at the intersections of education, behavioral science and neuroscience to study problems that directly affect the health and well-being of individuals and communities.

About LSI