New Frontiers and New Currents

About this opportunity




Fraya Fox,

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director for Research Development,


Award cycle:

Funding available:

$20,000 maximum award

New Frontiers/New Currents offers grants of up to $20,000 to fund workshops, symposia, or small conferences with major distinguished thinkers on timely topics of significant and broad interest).


  • 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.


  • Funding requests may not exceed $20,000.
  • Funding is available for workshops, symposia, small conferences, or roundtables that offer new perspectives on, and new insights into, areas of scholarship and research in the arts and humanities. The goal of this initiative is to host major distinguished thinkers on timely topics of significant and broad interest to the arts and humanities community and beyond, with funding preference provided to those topics more likely to have interdisciplinary interest across the arts and humanities or between the arts and humanities and other disciplines.
  • While presentations or participation by IU faculty as part of the funded project are welcome, the majority of speakers/participants should be drawn from the outside academic community, and all speakers/participants should be nationally recognized. Written commitments by all participants in the event must be provided with the proposal along with short statements by the applicant offering evidence of their prominence.
  • Dissemination is key to this funding initiative, certainly including but also beyond the Indiana University community. Thus, concrete evidence of well-developed and initiated plans for publication/dissemination of proceedings (with contributions by conference participants) as appropriate for the discipline and event is required for funding through this mechanism (see examples in New Currents Guidelines in InfoReady).
  • Projects will be limited to 18 months in duration.
  • 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 (three-page maximum), including a statement describing the intended audience
  • list of confirmed speakers and rationale for their selection (two-page maximum)
  • a preliminary schedule of events for the workshop, symposia, conference, or roundtable
  • completed Budget Worksheet
  • budget justification (two-page maximum)
  • letter of support from head of the applicant's department, division, center or institute
  • letter of support from an expert in the field
  • letter or email confirming participation from all internal and external participants
  • concrete evidence of plans for significant dissemination, reflecting the importance placed upon dissemination for this initiative (see New Frontiers/New Currents guidelines in Infoready for specific examples)
  • biosketch or brief cv of the proposer (three-page maximum)