Research/Creative Activity/Scholarship of Teaching

About this opportunity




Fraya Fox,

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt, Executive Director of Research Development,


February 15

Award cycle:


Funding available:

Up to $60,000

Support provided through this program includes, but is not limited to, research, creative activity, or scholarship of teaching related to arts and humanities areas. It can support course release (for up to two courses), summer salary, research assistants, travel, supplies, or equipment.


  • All Indiana University 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.
  • Emeritus Faculty are eligible to apply but there are conditions. Emeritus applicants should be still actively engaged in the life of their campus, as evidenced in the letter(s) of support from the chair and dean/associate dean for research. There are financial restrictions. Salary or anything that looks like payment for services to an emeritus faculty member can jeopardize his or her retirement benefits, especially under 18/20, and should not be included in the budget. Only expenses directly incurred in carrying out the research or creative activity should be included in the budget. [According to the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs: During their 18/20 years, Emeritus Faculty can get support for direct research expenses without jeopardizing their retirement benefits. It is not possible to increase one’s retirement salary through IUPAH funding, just as it is not possible for active faculty to increase their salaries through IUPAH funding.]
  • 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 2018-19 or 2019-20 or the IU Presidential Arts and Humanities Research, Creative Activity, Scholarship of Teaching program in 2019-20 are not eligible for a Research, Creative Activity, Scholarship of Teaching grant in 2020-21.
  • Because overall program funding is limited, multiple awards for the same project are not possible.


  • Funding requests may not exceed $60,000, except for collaborative grants involving multiple faculty members (see below).
  • This funding is intended to support the development of significant scholarship and creative activity 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 collaborations for faculty members that serve to expand the breadth of their research or creative activity, through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge from different disciplines, units, or campuses so as to enlarge 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 significant scholarship and creative activity. Collaborations between senior and junior faculty members or between faculty members from different disciplines, schools, or campuses are particularly encouraged.
  • This funding may expand and enhance the scholarship of teaching in the humanities or the arts.
  • Funds may not be used for hosting conferences, workshops, or similar symposia (see Campus Conference Hosting program 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 within the letters of support submitted by department chairs. Equipment becomes the property of the applicant’s department after the expiration of the grant.
  • Travel funding requests must adhere to IU Covid-19 Travel Guidelines (
  • Funds not spent within 18 months of award can be considered for a one-time 6-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 IU's InfoReady system 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)
  • a 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)
  • a letter of support from an expert in the field, uninvolved in the project and not necessarily from Indiana University, assessing the significance of the project in the field of expertise and the likelihood of its impact on the field
  • biosketch or brief cv (three-page maximum)
  • optional: one-page bibliography noting current significant works in the field, photos, weblinks supporting the proposal, etc.