Internal Funding Opportunities

IU Bloomington funding opportunities

Competitive funding programs

Eastman Residency for the Arts and Humanities

Deadline: November 1

Residency of two to four weeks, $500 travel stipend

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 Assistance in Data Science

The Faculty Assistance in Data Science (FADS) program is designed to provide faculty with access to expertise and assistance in advanced data analytics, visualization, and development for the purpose of catalyzing their research.

Deadline: February 15


Faculty Fellowship for Research in the Social Sciences

This program provides protected time for social science faculty to pursue research that is highly innovative, timely, and/or interdisciplinary. 

Deadline: March 25

Single course release

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, April 3

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

NIH New and Early-Stage Investigator Writing Cohort Program

Provides investigators intensive mentoring and support in the preparation of NIH Research (R) grant applications in the social or behavioral sciences.

Deadline: April 11


Open Access Article Publishing Fund

Deadline: The three-year pilot for this program has ended and funding is no longer available. IU Libraries has ongoing pilots in place for no-fee open access publishing with publishers including PLOS (all 12 journals) and Cambridge (all gold and hybrid journals).

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, 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: Spring Award Cycle Dates: January 1 - March 1 ; Fall Award Cycle Dates: August 1 - 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 21

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

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 deadline

Maximum amount: varies

Public Arts and Humanities Project

Deadline: Currently closed; will reopen on July 1st

$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 deadline

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: October 1

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 2025

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

Need more guidance in your search for internal funding?

IU Presidential Arts and Humanities

Contact Lisa Fukuda at

All other university-wide opportunities

Contact Sarah Mosier at

Bloomington campus opportunities

Contact Fraya Fox at

IUPUI campus opportunities

Contact Alicia Gahimer at

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