New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship

About this opportunity




Fraya Fox,

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director for Research Development,


October 15, 2019

Award cycle:

Funding available:

$60,000 maximum award

New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship grants assist in the development of innovative works of scholarship or creative activity.


  • All IU tenured and tenure-eligible faculty are eligible to apply. Those employed at IU but not on the tenure-track, whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity, are eligible to submit proposals with an explanation of the importance of research or creative activity to their evaluation in the letter of support from their chair or dean.
  • Visiting and adjunct faculty, part-time faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students are not eligible.
  • Those who have been awarded funding through the New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship program in 2016-17, 2017-18, or 2018-19 are not eligible for New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship grants. (Recipients of 2018-19 New Currents, Experimentation, or Exploratory Travel Fellowships are eligible to apply for funding through the New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship program.)
  • Because overall New Frontiers funding is limited, multiple awards for the same project are not possible.
  • Projects limited to the enhancement of teaching only, while important, are not intended for this program.


  • Funding requests may not exceed $60,000, except for collaborative grants involving multiple faculty members.
  • This funding assists in the development of innovative works of scholarship and creative activities in the arts and humanities. Projects should display potential for having a significant impact on one’s field or chart a new trajectory in one’s scholarly, creative, or artistic development.
  • This fund may foster opportunities for faculty members to expand the breadth of their research or creative activity, including the establishment of new collaborations among faculty members from different disciplines, units, or campuses so as to transform the boundaries of the arts and humanities at Indiana University. Such collaborative grants may, in special cases, exceed $60,000 if more than two IU faculty members with different areas of expertise are collaborating on particularly new and innovative work. Collaborations between senior and junior faculty members or between faculty members from different disciplines, schools, or campuses are particularly encouraged.
  • Projects will be limited to 18 months in duration.
  • Funds may not be used for hosting conferences, workshops, or similar symposia (see the New Frontiers/New Currents opportunity for supporting such events).
  • Funds may not be used for the purchase of equipment that would normally be purchased by departments as part of a faculty member’s regular employment (for instance, most computer equipment); all requests for equipment valued at more than $5,000 must be explicitly supported in the letters of support submitted by department or division leaders. Equipment becomes the property of the applicant’s department after the expiration of the grant.
  • Funds not spent within 18 months of award can be considered for a one-time six-month extension with a justification request for approval, after which time all remaining funds will be returned to the funding pool.

Application requirements

Applicants must complete an electronic application in InfoReady and upload a completed application form and budget worksheet.

Application sections include:

  • project description (four-page maximum)
  • completed Budget Worksheet
  • budget justification (two-page maximum)
  • letter of support from head of the applicant's department, division, center, or institute. If a course release is requested, the chair's letter must acknowledge that faculty will teach a reduced load.
  • two letters of support from experts in the field (may be from within or outside IU)
  • biosketch or brief cv (three-page maximum)
  • optional: one-page bibliography noting current significant works in the field, photos, or weblinks supporting the proposal, etc.