Gender Equity in Research

IU Gender Equity in Research Task Force

In September 2020, Indiana University Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate launched the Gender Equity in Research Task Force to address acute equity issues related to the pandemic, study systemic inequities, and suggest short- and long-term actionable solutions within the research context at IU. Since then, the task force has recommended and implemented an emergency funding program, conducted a faculty-wide survey to inform future targeted resources, and is developing recommendations to the Office of the Vice President for research and the university to address inequities among IU researchers.

Emergency Equity Fund for Research

Recognizing both the magnitude and the urgency of the burden created by COVID-19 on many researchers, especially those with caregiver responsibilities, the task force worked with the Office of the Vice President for Research to create an Emergency Equity Fund for Research.

Announced in December 2020, with a $400,000 investment, the fund provided flexible, rapid awards of up to $2,500 to address critical needs not already met by existing funding sources to advance research productivity.

Specifically, the task force identified the following four categories of support:

  • stop-gap services (including caregiving, one-time work-from-home needs, food delivery, and other activities) to help free up limited time for research by pre-tenure and/or pre-promotion faculty,
  • personnel for research (e.g., hourly support to support research and/or aid with course management),
  • tools for advancing research (e.g., statistical consulting, software to conduct research, data sets, remote access to archives, recording devices and computing technologies, among other related needs), and
  • write-up and dissemination of research (e.g., copyediting services, subvention or indexing fees, fees for open access publishing, etc.).

The funds have all been conferred and applications are no longer being accepted.

Emergency Equity Fund for Research Award Details

170awards made to faculty on 7 campuses including School of Medicine

$400,000total $ awarded to fund recipients

131 and 39women and men, respectively, who received awards

Let us hear your voice

Please share relevant questions, comments, and ideas with the Gender Equity in Research Task Force at any time by email to research@iu.edu.

Gender Equity in Research Task Force members:

  • Karen Bravo, McKinney School of Law, IUPUI
  • Sanya Carley, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB
  • Hannah Craven, Medical Library, IU School of Medicine
  • Mary Dankoski, Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, IU School of Medicine
  • Denvil Duncan, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB
  • Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, IU School of Medicine
  • Laura Foster, Gender Studies, Law, and African American and Diaspora Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
  • Justin Garcia, Kinsey Institute and Gender Studies, IUB
  • Kimberly Geeslin, Faculty and Academic Affairs and Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
  • Rachel Katzenellenbogen, Adolescent Medicine, IU School of Medicine
  • Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, IUB
  • Bethan Roberts, Chief of Staff, IU Office of Vice President for Research (facilitator)
  • Kosali Simon, OVPR and O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, IUB
  • Peggy Stockdale, Psychology, School of Science, IUPUI