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Collaborative Research Grants (IUCRG)

The 2015-16 IUCRG program will be announced shortly. In the meantime, last year's call for proposals is available below as a point of information.

Indiana University is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Collaborative Research Grants program (IUCRG). This opportunity is open to faculty on all Indiana University campuses. The goals of this competition are to facilitate and support outstanding research and cutting edge discoveries by teams of experts who have not worked together previously in the project’s subject matter. Teams should include experts from different campuses, schools, departments, or disciplines. The maximum funding per project will be $75,000.

The intent of this initiative is to support research which will significantly advance a research field and in doing so, impact the lives of Indiana residents, the U.S. and the world. The program as a whole is designed to help increase Indiana University’s competitiveness for external funding involving innovative and transformative research; proposals must therefore include explicit plans for securing external funding for projects extending from the findings of the IUCRG. IUCRG recipients are required to submit a proposal for external funding within 18 months from the date that IUCRG funds are available. Applicants should make explicit their plans for targeting external funding including but not limited to the funding agency, their RFAs, and institute/program.

IUCRG will fund projects in emerging fields of study, innovative or multidisciplinary research with the potential to significantly increase Indiana University’s research competitiveness, reputation and funding. Proposals should fit at least one of the following subject areas:

  1. Social and Behavioral sciences: innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues of local, state, national or international significance; educational research including but not limited to effective approaches to K‐12 STEM education (not curricular development);
  2. Biological and Health Sciences; innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in neuroscience, -omics, biological, biomedical or chemical sciences;
  3. Physical, Applied, and Computer Sciences: innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in physical and applied sciences including material sciences, engineering research, or approaches to other areas of research that rely upon innovative uses of technology, engineering, or computer and applied sciences.

All proposals should indicate which category or mix of categories from this list of areas best describes the proposed research. Arts and Humanities proposals that do not fit into these categories should be submitted to Indiana University’s New Frontiers seed funding program.  

Eligibility: All faculty and staff whose appointments allow them to submit external proposals are allowed to apply. A minimum of two faculty members from different campuses schools or departments, or different disciplines from the same campus must collaborate as co-principal investigators on the proposed project. Projects must be for NEW areas of research for the investigators, within their areas of expertise, but not a continuation of previous or current research activities. Faculty previously submitting together for external funding (NIH, NSF, DOD, etc.) are not eligible unless the IUCRG proposal represents a new area of research, or a new collaborator(s) is added to enhance the breadth of the proposed research.

Submission Deadlines: Grant proposals must be submitted electronically by the close of business day (5pm) on December 10th, 2014 via

Terms of Awards: Applicants can request up to $75,000 for one year. Budgets must be justified and consistent with the scope of the proposed project. Applicants must commit to submitting an external funding proposal within 18 months from the start of the award; failure to do so will preclude eligibility for future internal funding programs. Recipients of funding in 2014-15 will participate in an open Workshop in the spring of 2016 where awardees will present project results and detailed plans to secure external funding. Final reports are required at study completion detailing the project’s progress including proposals submitted and funding received. IUCRG support should be acknowledged in all related publications and reports. Award notices are expected to go out no later than February 21 with funds available March 15, 2015.

Budget Restrictions:  Funds may not be used for faculty/administrative salaries or graduate student tuition.  Funds may not be paid to collaborators at other institutions, nor to support work in their labs. Course buyout, not to exceed $13,000 per PI, may be allowed. Salaries for technical personnel and graduate student stipends may be allowed. Travel to a conference by PIs may be allowed, but only if a presentation of results from IUCRG research is confirmed and explicit. Please see online FAQs at

Application Format:
Proposals must be submitted in .pdf or .doc format via and must include:

  1. Cover Sheet (1 page maximum)identifying
    • Title and Focus Area (I, II, or III) of proposal
    • ALL PIs including full name, department, school, campus, and email address
    • Other project personnel (collaborators, technicians, graduate students, post-docs)
    • Potential sources of external funding, including agency, program, specific parent announcement, Broad Agency announcement, or Parent Announcement)
  2. Project description (12 point font; single spaced, 5-page limit excluding references) comprising the following:
    • Background and Significance of the larger project, including discussion of the scientific or scholarly opportunities made possible through this new collaboration
    • Potential impact and transformative effects of the project on the field
    • Goals of the IUCRG-funded phase of the project, including timing of milestones
    • Overview of the Research Plan to accomplish goals
    • Explicit statement of each team member’s role on the project
    • Specification of plans for grant submission within 18 months from the date IUCRG funds are available; 1-2 paragraphs providing evidence that a funding agency is currently interested in research proposals which may result from the findings of the IUCRG. This includes not only naming interested agencies and programs, but also specific PAs or RFAs with submission dates beyond the completion of the IUCRG proposal, reports of a discussion with a program director of a funding agency, agency website information specifically noting such interest, etc. Please see FAQs for further information on this requirement.
  3. Budget, budget justification, and timeline: Explain why IUCRG funding is essential for securing external funding of the project, and what each budgeted item will contribute to the research plan. Please be specific about line items within the budget. For instance, if “salaries” or “personnel” is a line item, please indicate who will be paid at what level of effort and what salary consistent with HR rules; if “supplies” is a line item, please indicate categories of supplies and cost (e.g., “transgenic mice, $X,” “computer software, $Q,” etc.) Please note that the appropriateness of the budget is an important component of the review.
  4. Biosketch or brief CV (4 pgs max) for each investigator, showing current and pending funding support (whether related to IUCRG or not), and any publications or presentations related to IUCRG project. Proposed IUCRG projects must not overlap with current funding.
  5. Statement of support from all investigator’s Department Chairs and Deans. Please note that these letters can have an important impact on the review. If a proposal involving the co-primary investigators has been reviewed and declined by any external funding agency, the reviews must be included, along with additional information in the appendix noting how the IUCRG proposal differs from the one submitted for external funding.
No appendices other than funding agency reviews are allowed.

Review Criteria: Funding decisions will result from a competitive peer review of proposals in response to this call. The Vice President for Research will make the final funding decisions, based on reviewers’ recommendations. Awards will be based on:

  • The intrinsic intellectual merit, innovation, and potential impact of the project on the research field(s) involved, including the degree to which it expands the knowledge base or raises new scientific questions across disciplines as well as its correlation to the VPR’s strategic plan.
  • The strength of the research team and the collaborative nature of the work;
  • The feasibility and innovation of the project, appropriateness of the research plan and the reasonableness of the budget;
  • The probability of the project leading to external funding.