Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award (OFCRA)

About this opportunity


IU Bloomington


David L. Taylor,dltaylor@indiana.edu

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director for Research Development,sks@indiana.edu


May 10, 2019

Award cycle:


Funding available:

$15,000 to support up to five faculty on a team

The Outstanding Faculty Collaborative Research Award and Lecture, jointly offered by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, recognizes collaborative faculty teams on the IU Bloomington campus for their accomplishments in research, scholarship, and creative activities. The award is accompanied by a public presentation/lecture given by the team.


  • currently appointed, full-time IU Bloomington tenured and tenure-eligible faculty, research scientists, research scholars, research center directors, clinical researchers, and librarians
  • faculty group must have worked collaboratively for a minimum of one year
  • not open to lecturers, academic specialists, or postdocs
  • proposals that add diverse faculty and students to enhance research are encouraged.


  • not open to lecturers, academic specialists, or postdocs



Application requirements

Nominations must include:

  • a copy of the nominees’ curriculum vitae
  • one to two letters of support from department chairs, school deans, faculty colleagues, or outside sources

The review committee strives to select awardees who will deliver an excellent presentation regarding their collaborative projects. Review criteria for the award include:

  • How did this collaboration lead to new discovery?
  • How does the project model interdisciplinary collaboration?
  • How does the project address the interests and perspectives of all the faculty involved?
  • How does the project’s outcome go beyond an individual vision to produce an integrative solution that could not be accomplished by a single individual?
  • Are their future plans for additional collaborative projects for the team?