Emerging Areas of Research

About this opportunity


IU Bloomington


Alicia Adelman,
Program Coordinator,

Rick Van Kooten,
Vice Provost for Research,

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt,
Executive Director of Research Development,



Award cycle:


Funding available:

Up to $3 million per initiative, with between 1-3 faculty base salary lines per initiative. Funding lasts 4 years.


The first EAR award, made in early 2017, went to the Learning: Machines, Brains & Children initiative, led by Distinguished Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences Linda Smith.

Watch a video about IU Bloomington's first Emerging Areas of Research initiative

Two EAR awards were made in 2018, one to the Sustainable Food Systems initiative, led by James Farmer, of the School of Public Health-Bloomington, and the Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering, led by Gerardo Ortiz, of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics. (For a helpful explanation of quantum entanglement, watch this PBS NOVA episode on "Einstein's Quantum Riddle".)

Read more about the 2018 EAR recipients


Eligible as PIs:

All tenured and tenure-eligible faculty and center directors. Proposals including participation by women and members of underrepresented groups as PIs and team members are especially encouraged. There is no limit on the number of proposals on which faculty and research scientists may collaborate.

Eligible as team members but not as PIs or co-PIs:

  • Medical Sciences faculty
  • Clinical faculty
  • Faculty appointments not eligible for tenure
  • Emeritus faculty
  • Visiting and adjunct faculty members
  • Research and staff scientists/scholars
  • Postdoctoral research associates
  • Graduate students, as supervised by faculty team members

Emerging Areas of Research Program FAQs

Proposal Preparation and Submission Requirements