The process of making changes to the established by introducing new methods, ideas and products.

Innovation is vital to the success of any organization, however, the challenge for most is finding what it means to be innovative for your business and in your industry. K-State is seasoned in university/private sector collaboration and methods to enhance the value created for both through the following:

  • Technology transfer: with over 220 active patents cumulated in FY 2017, K-State has demonstrated experienced in advancing and protecting intellectual property. View an outline of potential approaches here
  • Research relationships: K-State has the necessary resources to strengthen industry outcomes, and the expertise to develop long-term strategies for R&D
  • Fee for Service: Service and testing options are available, as well as consulting opportunities
  • Facility Usage: due to strong community and university partnerships, finding a place is effortless. The University itself is home to more than 90 research centers and a wealth of administrative spaces. To explore available centers, click here
  • Consulting: Identify K-State faculty and researchers by college or department with the help of PIVOT 

Featured Research Capabilities:


The Kansas State University College of Engineering, which is the largest and most comprehensive engineering college in the region, benefits from more than 100 years of vibrant history. The college offers 12 undergraduate,12 masters and 8 doctorate degree programs spanning 17 different fields and is known for outstanding research programs related to energy, health, infrastructure, and information technology.


Global Food Systems (GFS)

Kansas State’s world class research in animal health, plant science, and food safety and security have firmly established the university as a leader in addressing growing resource needs of the global food system. Industry partners are essential to keeping the U.S. food system one of the most competitive in the world.

To learn more about the GFS initiative at K-State, click here


Agricultural and Biological Security

Named 'Silicon Valley for biodefense' by the Blue Ribbon Study Panel, Kansas State University was a natural choice for a $1.25 billion, level-4 laboratory such as the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF). The University is well-positioned with unique capabilities in the related areas of veterinary, agricultural and biosecurity disciplines. 

To learn more about NBAF, click here