New Frontiers Extraordinary Opportunity

About this opportunity




Fraya Fox,

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director for Research Development,



Award cycle:


Funding available:


In rare cases, the Office of the Vice President for Research will consider unique proposals that do not fit into other New Frontiers funding mechanisms. A project is considered an "extraordinary opportunity" only if:

  • it is born of a unique and compelling confluence of events or situations
  • its characteristics (e.g. timing) preclude application to one of the standard New Frontiers programs
  • its quality is outstanding


  • 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.
  • 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 amounts vary, depending on the project and whether other units are contributing.
  • As an indication of the quality and likely impact of the project, some matching funds from other units are generally expected.
  • 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.
  • See “Budget Guidelines” in InfoReady for additional information.

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 (on the InfoReady application)
  • 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 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 web links supporting the proposal, etc.