Internal Funding Opportunities

University-wide funding opportunities

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


Racial Justice Research Fund

Jointly supported by the IU Vice President for Research and the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, this fund supports research by IU faculty focused on racial equity and justice, without regard for field or discipline, in an effort to address critical racial equity and justice issues as broadly as possible.

Deadline: Open

Grants providing start-up funding of up to $15,000 per grant for research by IU faculty; requests for amounts larger than $15,000 will be considered in exceptional cases.


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 deadline

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: TBD

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 2, April 1

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 deadline

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 deadline

Maximum amount: $2,000


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 deadline

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

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 deadline


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 15

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 Arts and Humanities Project

Deadline: Open

$25,000 maximum


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: Suspended to 2021

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: August 3, 2020

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: Continuous

$45,000 ($30,000 award, $15,000 school match)


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: December 4, 2020

varies by category


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: Continuous

$50,000 ($25,000 award, $25,000 school match)


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

varies by category


Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG)

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

Deadline: October 1 and April 1

Maximum amount: $35,000


Need more guidance in your search for internal funding?

IU Presidential Arts and Humanities

Contact Fraya Fox at iupah@indiana.edu.

All other university-wide opportunities

Contact Sarah Mosier at semosier@iu.edu.

Bloomington campus opportunities

Contact Fraya Fox at ovprgrnt@indiana.edu.

IUPUI campus opportunities

Contact Alicia Gahimer at algahime@iupui.edu.

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