Internal Funding Opportunities

University-wide funding opportunities

Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Research Fund

Provides support for research expenses to faculty holding the title of Distinguished Professor or Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

Deadline: Apply at any time. Applicants may receive funds once a year by application only.

Maximum amount: $5,000 to distinguished professor per fiscal year; $2,500 to distinguished professor emeriti per fiscal year.


Grand Challenges

The most significant investment in IU’s research infrastructure in the university’s history. Proposals must focus on major and large-scale problems facing humanity that can only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of outstanding researchers.

Deadline: Open

IU anticipates investing $300 million over five years, including 175 new faculty lines.


Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Indiana CTSI provides funding opportunities to faculty at IU, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame. 

Funding varies.


IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Program

Supports path-breaking work in arts and humanities areas. Funding is available through four programs.

Deadline: See specific programs.

Funding varies


Major Scientific Research Equipment Fund (Bloomington campus)

The fund provides support for purchasing major scientific equipment on the Bloomington campus that is strategically necessary to support high quality scientific research, attract and retain research faculty, and generate external support for IU research. For the purpose of this fund, “major scientific equipment” is equipment (including major upgrades), other than supercomputing resources, that is used in STEM research and costs at least $500,000. (Support for supercomputing is available from other sources and so is not provided by this fund.) Faculty from IUPUI and IUSM may participate in requests with Bloomington colleagues provided that they can contribute a proportionate share of necessary resources and have the approval of their dean(s) and/or chancellor.

Deadline: November 1

$500,000 – $1,000,000


New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities

Supports the initial stages of path-breaking, transformative scholarly investigation or creative activity. Funding is available through five programs.

Deadline: See specific guidelines

Funding varies.


IU Bloomington funding opportunities

Competitive funding programs

Emergency Grant-in-Aid of Research and Creative Activity

Modest support for research and creative activity at critical times.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: $750


Emerging Areas of Research Program (EAR)

Supports key areas of research and creative strength that are emerging or established and in need of support, and are not necessarily as multidisciplinary as Grand Challenge initiatives.

Deadline: July 1, 2019 (ABSTRACT)

October 14, 2019 (PROPOSAL)

Maximum amount: Up to $3 million, plus faculty lines.


Faculty Research Support Program—External Resubmission (FRSP-ER)

Supports innovative research projects that were previously submitted for, but did not receive, external funding from federal, state, international, or private nonprofit entities and whose likelihood of funding on resubmission would increase with the acquisition of additional data or proof of concept.

Deadline: Open. NOTE: While there is no specified submission deadline, applications must be submitted to OVPR within four months of receiving reviews from an external agency (federal, state, international, or private non-profit). If the final decision on an application to an external funding agency has been delayed beyond the four-month period, an exception to the deadline may be considered.

Maximum amount: $75,000


Faculty Research Support Program—Seed Funding (FRSP-SF)

Supports new, innovative research projects that have not previously submitted for external funding.

Deadline: November 1, 2019 April 1, 2020

Maximum amount: $40,000


Grant-in-Aid of Research and Creative Activity (GIA)

Interim support for faculty research and scholarship to help initiate new research and creative activities and supply modest support at unusually critical times.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: $3,000


Open Access Article Publishing Fund

Supports alternative means of disseminating the results of academic research through fully open-access journals.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: $2,000


Public Arts Grants

These grants support projects such as installations and performances that enrich the surrounding Bloomington community. The funding is offered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in collaboration with the City of Bloomington’s Department of Economic & Sustainable Development.

Deadline: March 13 and November 13


Research Equipment Fund (REF)

This fund supports the purchase or development of research equipment (up to $200,000) to be used by groups of investigators, working together or separately, on innovative projects that already have or have the potential for sustainable external support.

Deadline: February 1 and August 1

Maximum amount: $200,000


Research Leave Supplement Program (RLSP)

Supports research and creative activity at critical times for senior researchers and scholars pursuing active research interests.

Deadline: March 1 and October 1

Maximum amount: Based on salary


Retired Faculty Grant-in-Aid (RFGIA)

Supports senior researchers and scholars who, though retired from professional duties at IU Bloomington, continue to pursue active research interests and keep close ties with their departments.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: $3,000


Social Sciences Research Funding Program

Supports new innovative research projects that foster excellence in the social sciences and advance IU Bloomington’s national and international reputation. Projects may be initiated by individual faculty members or collaborative, as long as the lead PI is in the social sciences.

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Typical budget for each project will be $20,000 to $35,000 with a maximum award of $50,000 per project.


Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME)

This funding supports digital publication of manuscripts in the humanities and social sciences. It is offered in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Office of the Provost at IU Bloomington, the IU Libraries, and IU Press.

Deadline: Open


Translational Research Pilot Grant

The Translational Research Pilot Grant Program funds the completion of proof-of-concept projects that will support the development of translational research projects with industry partners, the establishment of new companies, or strengthen patent applications based on IU Bloomington discoveries.

Deadline: April 17, 2019

up to $25,000


Non-competitive funding programs

Bridge Funding Program (BRIDGE) – Bloomington

Provides modest financial support for faculty research and scholarship during times when externally funded research programs are between grant cycles.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: varies


Public Humanities Project

This program supports research projects that impact and benefit Bloomington and other southern Indiana communities. It is funded by the IU Office of the Vice President for Research through IU’s New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities program.

Deadline: Open (non-competitive)


Startup Funds

Startup funds are often a critical element in the successful recruitment and launch of a faculty member’s academic career. All academic units at IU Bloomington provide startup funding for tenure-track faculty.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: varies


Nominations required

Distinguished Faculty Research Award and Lecture (DFRL)

The Distinguished Faculty Research Award and Lecture recognizes the research achievements of an IU Bloomington faculty member whose work makes important contributions to society.

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Award amount: $5,000


The Luther Dana Waterman Professorship

The Luther Dana Waterman Professorship supports an outstanding early-career professor working in the sciences, broadly defined.

Deadline: To be announced

Award amount: $25,000 per year for five years


IUPUI funding opportunities

Competitive funding programs

Bridge Funding Program (BRIDGE) – IUPUI

Financial support for faculty research and scholarship during times when externally funded research programs are between grant cycles.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: $30,000 grant, $15,000 school match; $45,000 total project


Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER)

EMPOWER sustains mentorship opportunities for IUPUI faculty who are historically underrepresented and/or excluded populations in their disciplines or areas of scholarship to support achievement of excellence in research and scholarly activity.

Deadline: November 15

Maximum amount: $2,000 for mentors, $10,000 for mentees


Equipment Funding

Provides matching support for the purchase of major equipment that is not currently available at the campus level and will be shared by several faculty members from different departments and schools.

Deadline: Open

Maximum amount: $25,000 grant, $25,000 school match; total project $50,000


Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success (FORCES)

Projects that facilitate the commercialization of university-owned intellectual property, address important national and global needs, and support the economic development of Indiana and the nation.

Deadline: Coming in January 2020

Maximum amount: $35,000


IUPUI Arts and Humanities Internal (IAHI) Grant

Supports campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in the arts and humanities.

Deadline: varies by category

Maximum amount: varies by category


Release Time for Research (RTR)

Allows a buy-out of teaching time to adequately prepare competitive proposals for quality research and scholarly activity.

Deadline: February 1 and September 1

Maximum amount: $10,000


Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG)

Provides seed funding for research projects and scholarly activities that are sustainable through external funding.

Deadline: April 1 and October 1

Maximum amount: $35,000


Other internal funding opportunities at IU

Many IU schools and units offer internal funding support to their faculty. Individual centers and institutes may offer internal faculty funding as well.

The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs offers grants to faculty university-wide that support international activities and recognize significant international contributions of IU faculty members.

Need more guidance in your search for internal funding?

New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities

Contact Fraya Fox at ffox@indiana.edu.

All other university-wide opportunities

Contact Sarah Mosier at semosier@iu.edu.

Bloomington campus opportunities

Contact Fraya Fox at ffox@indiana.edu.

IUPUI campus opportunities

Contact Alicia Gahimer at algahime@iupui.edu.

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