IU Research is a large and complex organization.
University-wide research units
IU Research is responsible for research development, research compliance, and research administration. Working with university-wide offices, campus leaders, and deans, IU Research works to increase and diversify research and creative activities at IU, attract external funding for these activities, and develop public-private partnerships, technology transfer, graduate education, and intercampus research opportunities.
Office of Research Administration
The Office of Research Administration (ORA) provides support for IU's research community to catalyze research productivity and protect the institution and its research community from risk. ORA seeks to minimize impediments to research activity, promote research conduct that meets the highest standards of ethical integrity, and ensure that research activity is compliant with all local, state, and federal regulations. All proposals for external research funding are submitted through ORA. The office also reviews all awards and agreements, then monitors award accounts throughout the lifespan of your research project. ORA provides a variety of other vital services, including:
Office of Research Compliance
The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) ensures that research conducted by IU and affiliated researchers is not only in compliance with all applicable regulatory, statutory, and organizational requirements, but also meets the standards of best practices while minimizing impediments to research and burdens on the research community.
The ORC oversees seven compliance areas:
- Animal Care and Use
- Institutional Biosafety Committee
- Radiation safety
- Human subjects and Institutional Review Boards
- Conflict of interest
- Export control
- Research misconduct
Office of Research Development
The Office of Research Development (ORD) provides a wide range of strategic, proactive, and capacity-building services and resources that help to advance research, creative activities, and innovation at its earliest stages and beyond. Focused on helping increase faculty and institutional competitiveness in obtaining research funding through a variety of activities, ORD staff help faculty identify funding opportunities; manage internal funding opportunities and limited submissions processes; provide comprehensive proposal and grantsmanship support; offer workshops, cohort-training, research mentoring programs, and professional development; and facilitate strategic research partnerships and initiatives. At the core of all we do is a commitment to ethical and inclusive research practices.
- Proposal Development Services
- Federal Research Relations
- Faculty Development and Diversity Initiatives
- Internal Funding Programs
Office of Business Partnerships
The Office of Business Partnerships is the front door for industry partners seeking to cultivate strategic relationships with IU faculty, researchers and students. Collaborating with industry leaders and entrepreneurs around the world, building meaningful, sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships in support of education and research across Indiana and beyond.
Office of Foundation Relations
The Office of Foundation Relations (OFR) helps coordinate institutional relationships with IU and private philanthropic foundations, involving identification, cultivation and stewardship. OFR is a system-wide resource for those within the IU community seeking support from nongovernmental organizations for research, teaching, and other programs. OFR provides assistance to faculty, administrators, and center directors in all divisions and schools within IU.
Innovation and Commercialization Office
The IU Innovation and Commercialization Office (ICO) is available to partner with IU faculty to explore commercialization options related to their research and to develop a customized plan to translate their technology to applied solutions for customers and public benefit.
ICO's mission is to transfer IU innovations from lab to market for public benefit and global impact. ICO provides the resources to:
- Protect IU Innovation;
- Facilitate commercialization of IU technologies on a broad, non-exclusive basis, when possible;
- License IU technologies to existing commercial entities when further development is required for marketing and sale;
- Support creation and growth of IU startups to commercialize early-stage technologies, when that is the optimal avenue for commercialization.
Collections @ IU
Indiana University's collections are valuable resources that need to be protected and maintained. In 2018, IU named its first executive director for university collections, Heather K. Calloway. Calloway has broad responsibility for the stewardship of IU's myriad collections, consistent with the university's teaching, research, and service missions. The Collections @ IU website was created to make the university's collections resources better known, more fully utilized in IU's research and teaching missions, and more fully appreciated by the IU community and the general public. The site brings together a compilation of Indiana University's most valuable resources across all campuses to provide greater visibility to the rich history of humanity's cultural and scientific achievements.