Research centers + institutes

KU's 11 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 & Integrated Systems

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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Institute for Information Sciences

I2S advances knowledge and creates innovative technologies in telecommunications, information systems, bioinformatics and radar.

About I2S

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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