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Research Activities

Kansas State University Olathe works with government, industry and university partners to promote technology-based economic development in Johnson County and the state of Kansas. Collaborations between researchers and companies, both public and private, ensure that the technologies being developed meet industry needs. A number of centers, institutes and research collaborations are at the heart of these partnerships.


1Data is the result of a unique partnership formed between Kansas State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which leverages the strengths of our region to develop a platform to share human and animal health research data. 

Food Innovation Accelerator

FIA blends facilities and expertise designed to provide support for the food product and ingredient industry — especially those companies starting new product lines or scaling up existing processes.

Food Programs and Services

The program serves the food safety and food science needs of the research, education and neighborhood communities as well as the food industry.   

Postharvest Physiology Lab

The Postharvest Physiology Lab researches plant response to technologies and other applications that extend shelf life and quality of fresh produce.

Sensory and Consumer Research Center

The center conducts qualitative and quantitative research studies in conjunction with sensory research. 

Regional affiliations

BioNexus KC

BioNexus KC, formerly the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute, strives to advance the life sciences in the Kansas City region through research, commercialization and workforce development.

Animal Health Corridor

The corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kansas, and Columbia, Missouri, is home to more than 300 animal health companies, representing the largest concentration in the world. K-State Olathe is located in the heart of the corridor.