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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Maximum amount: $3,000
Open Access Article Publishing Fund
Supports alternative means of disseminating the results of academic research through fully open-access journals.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Maximum amount: varies
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.
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
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.
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