New Frontiers Experimentation Fellowships

About this opportunity




Fraya Fox,

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director for Research Development,


January 15, 2019; June 1, 2019

Award cycle:

Funding available:

$18,000 maximum award

New Frontiers Experimentation Fellowships fund the very preliminary stages of significant new trajectories in research 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 2015-16, 2016-17, or 2017-18 will be a lower priority for funding through the New Frontiers Experimentation Fellowship mechanism.
  • 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 $18,000.
  • Proposed projects should be truly exploratory—for instance, leading to a larger, long-term project or to recognition that the time is not right for such a project. (See NF Experimentation Fellowship guidelines in InfoReady for specific examples.)
  • NF Experimentation Fellowship proposals must make the case that
    1. the project being explored is potentially significant both to the field and to the applicant’s development as an artist or scholar
    2. is appropriate for the applicant and represents a reasonable and exciting new direction
    3. has the potential to be the beginning of a longer-term, large scale project that is likely to secure external support or recognition (grant funding, exhibition or performance opportunities, etc.).
  • Projects are limited to 18 months in duration.
  • 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 chairs. 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.
  • See “Budget Guidelines” in InfoReady for additional information.

Application requirements

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

Application sections include:

  • project description (four-page maximum)
  • completed Budget worksheet (see InfoReady application)
  • budget justification (two-page maximum)
  • letter of support from head of the applicant's department, division, center or institute (may be included in the application form or emailed to New Frontiers at If a course release is requested, the letter must acknowledge that faculty will teach a reduced load.
  • letter of support from an expert in the field (may be from within or outside IU; may be included in the application form or emailed to New Frontiers)
  • biosketch or brief cv (three-page maximum)