IAHI Research and Creative Activity Grant Program

About this opportunity




Jason Kelly,iahi@iupui.edu


April 8, 2024

Award cycle:

FY 2023-24

Funding available:

Research and Creative Activity Grants provide up to $10,000 for research travel, equipment, materials, space, research assistant support (max $1500), summer salary, etc.

Funding and Proposal Requirements

  • This fellowship is intended to support a broad range of research and creative activity in the arts and humanities as well as qualitative projects in the social sciences.
  • All grants are intended for support of research and creative activity, and not for support of teaching and/or service activities. Scholarship of teaching may be supported under this grant program, if it has strong and clearly articulated research outcomes.
  • Projects will be limited to 12 months in duration.
  • Funds will not be granted for a project currently supported by another internal funding mechanism.
  • With the exception of the IAHI Summer Academy fellowship, an investigator may not serve as PI on more than one IAHI grant proposal in a given year.
  • Applications will be judged on the merit of the proposed research or creative activity, qualifications of the applicant, significance of the research to the field, the potential for additional external funding, and the project’s importance to the individual’s future research plans.
  • Grant programs do not provide retroactive funding. Be sure to apply for support well before you need funds to complete your research or creative activity.


  • All full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply as PIs. Under certain circumstances, non-tenure-track faculty members whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity may also be eligible to serve as PIs with an explanation in the letter of support from their chair or dean.
  • Visiting and associate faculty members and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to serve as PIs. However, all IUPUI faculty are eligible to be participants on a grant proposal through collaboration with a PI who is an eligible member of the IUPUI faculty.

Proposal Requirements

  • Investigators should be aware that reviewers outside of their designated research area may be reviewing the proposals. Therefore, it is important to prepare the proposal accordingly.
  • The proposal should be in electronic form, based on 8 ½ x 11 page size with at least 1/2 inch margins.
  • Use an Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, a black font color, and a font size of 11 points or larger. Charts, graphs, figures and so on may be in color.
  • Project Plans are limited to 5 pages.

  • Section 1 Cover Page

  • Use the campus building code for campus address, i.e. SL 160.
  • Use the campus seven digit phone number, area code if off campus.
  • A copy of the IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC form must be included in the Appendix when these forms are required to conduct the proposed work.

  • Section 2 Abstract

  • State the proposal’s long-term objectives and specific aims. This abstract is meant to serve as a succinct and accurate description of the proposed work when separated from the application. Do not include proprietary/confidential information. Keep the abstract to a half page.
  • List all key personnel.
  • If awarded, your abstract will be available publicly through the IAHI website, press releases, etc.

  • Section 3 Budget

  • Use the form provided.
  • Include full details in the budget justification.

  • Section 4 Budget Justification

  • Limit budget justification to 2 pages.
  • Describe the specific functions of each individual listed on the project.
  • List each item of equipment with amount requested separately and justify each purchase.
  • Itemize supplies in separate categories. Itemize travel requests and justify.
  • Summer salary requests cannot exceed one month of salary per person.

  • Section 5 Project Plan

  • The Project Plan is limited to a total of five (5)
  • Project Plans longer than five (5) pages will not be reviewed.
  • Projects should be able to be accomplished within the single year of funding requested.
  • Include the following sections:
    • Introduction:Introduce the project and its rationale. State the overall objective of the proposed project.
    • Specific Aims:List the broad long-term objectives and goals of the proposed project. Be sure to include specifics about any external grants you intend to pursue to continue the project.
    • Timetable:Provide a tentative sequence or timetable for the project.
    • Significance:Clearly state the importance and relevance of the proposed project, highlighting any novel ideas or contributions that the project offers. This may include a literature review, but it should include a description of how the work is significant to 1) professionals in relevant fields—especially to the theoretical, methodological, and/or applied discussions and/or practices in those fields, and 2) communities with which you may be collaborating.
    • Facilities Available:Describe the resources, facilities, and support that may be available to the proposed project, including any funding support that may result from external sources.
    • Collaborative Arrangements:If the proposed project requires collaboration with other investigators, describe the collaboration and provide evidence to assure the reviewers that the other collaborators agree (letters of support in the Appendix).
    • Project Outcomes:Describe the projected outcomes of the proposed project (i.e. publications, performances, exhibitions, symposia, external grants, etc.).

  • Section 6 Cited References

  • Use the format standard for your discipline. The references do not count toward the page limit for the project plan.

  • Section 7 Appendix

  • A biosketch or CV must be included for all key personnel, limited to four pages for each person. List all current and pending internal and external research funding support, as well as funding support for the previous three years.
  • A short memo is required from any collaborators agreeing to their role in the proposed project. This does not need to be more than a few sentences.
  • A copy of the IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC form when these forms are required to conduct the proposed work. If awarded, no funds will be transferred without the proper approvals.
  • Submission of a revised IAHI application must include a copy of the reviewers’ comments on the prior proposal and your response to those comments.

Post Award Requirements

  • If an award is made, a final report must be submitted to the IU Research Office within 30 days of the termination of the award period.
  • Grant recipients are reminded to acknowledge receipt of IAHI grant support in any presentation or publication of work funded by an IAHI grant. The IAHI should be recognized in all press releases and marketing materials. Contact the IAHI Director at iahi@iupui.eduto discuss details and/or request IAHI logos for websites or publications.
  • In order to assess the effectiveness of the IAHI grant mechanism, grant recipients must notify the IAHI when support results in submission of a proposal for external funding.
  • Requests for a one six month no cost extension must be approved by the IU Research Office.