Collaborative Research Grants

About this opportunity




Program administrator,


This program is under review and will not be accepting proposals in the 2018-2019 academic year.

Award cycle:

Funding available:

$75,000 maximum award

The Collaborative Research Grants program is open to faculty on all Indiana University campuses. The intent of the program is to support transformative research that will define a new research field, conflate the scope of existing research fields, or significantly advance multiple research fields. The program is intended to help increase IU’s competitiveness for funding in areas requiring multidisciplinary collaboration (such as crosscutting NSF initiatives or Department of Defense Multi-University Research Initiatives). The expertise of different fields will necessarily co-inform the project and its outcomes. Teams will include experts from at least two disciplines. IUCRG recipients are required to apply for external funding within 18 months from the date that IUCRG funds are disbursed.


  • All faculty and staff whose appointments allow them to submit external proposals are allowed to apply.
  • A minimum of two and a maximum of five faculty members with different disciplinary expertise must collaborate as co-principal investigators on the proposed project.
  • Projects must be in new (not previously co-funded by external or internal funding bodies) areas of research for the investigators, drawing upon their areas of expertise.
  • Faculty who previously submitted together for any external funding, but were not successful, are required to include proposal reviews and clearly indicate how their IUCRG project will address reviewers’ concerns or will be substantially different from prior application.


  • Applicants can request up to $75,000 for one year.
  • 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 any future internal funding.
  • Allowable costs:
    • Summer salary support for faculty members
    • Course buyout, not to exceed $16,000 per PI
    • Salaries for technical personnel and graduate student stipends
    • Travel to a conference by PIs allowed only if a presentation of results obtained from the funded IUCRG research is confirmed and explicit
  • Costs not allowed:
    • academic year faculty/administrative salaries or graduate student tuition
    • funding collaborators at other institutions
    • work in labs
  • Final reports are required at study completion.
  • IUCRG support should be acknowledged in all related publications and reports.

Application requirements

Proposals must be submitted in .pdf or .doc format via InfoReady and must use the Application Form supplied there.

Application sections include:

  • Cover page and abstract
  • Project description (five-page limit excluding references)
  • Budget justification: Itemized budget and budget justification (template available on InfoReady). Adequacy of the budget for planned tasks is an important component of the review.
  • Biosketch or brief CV for each investigator (three-page limit)
  • Statement of support from all investigators’ department chairs and deans: If you are requesting funding for a course release, the chair’s letter must confirm that this is acceptable to the department and that the department has plans to replace the course.
  • Appendix: Reviews of prior related proposals and short summary responses: If a related proposal involving any of 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 either how the IUCRG proposal differs from the one submitted for external funding or how IUCRG project will address specific concerns raised in reviews. No appendices other than funding agency reviews are allowed.

Review criteria include:

  • Innovative/transformative nature of the project (extent to which it raises new scientific questions that transcend disciplinary boundaries) and potential impact on existing research fields or formation of new ones
  • Clarity and appropriateness of the research plan, feasibility of the project based on documented PI expertise, access to resources, and budget
  • External funders’ interest in the impact/outcomes of the proposed research; probability of success of follow-up application for external funding based on IUCRG