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March 14, 2014


Vice Chancellor Kody Varahramyan

Vice Chancellor Kody Varahramyan

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to extend a personal invitation to each of you to join us at the 2014 IUPUI Research Day, on April 11th. Our theme this year is Research and Creative Activity Matter: From IUPUI to the World. This daylong celebration of IUPUI research and creative activity will be held in the IUPUI Campus Center and will begin with a morning plenary session from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in the lower level theatre. This session will start with the announcement of the 2014 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recipients, who will make short presentations, followed by a student presentation, then keynote presentation by Mr. Richard Blanco, President Obama's 2013 Inaugural Poet. Mr. Blanco is internationally known as a poet, author, and civil engineer. He travels the world, inviting audiences to reconnect to the heart of the human experience and all of its beautiful diversity.

Research Day events also include two poster sessions, showcasing the innovative research of our faculty, staff, and graduate, professional and undergraduate students.  Also new this year is "Jag Talks", a series of short but dynamic presentations that illuminate the breadth of research and creative activity happening at IUPUI and beyond. Jag Talks is open to all Research Day attendees. Faculty are also invited to participate in Grand Challenge Initiative Research Roundtable discussions. These roundtables, which will take place during a lunch working session sponsored by the OVCR, require first come first served reservation through the registration process.

Research Day is a great way for IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, and their academic, industrial, governmental partners, along with the broader community, to learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations, and lay the foundation for new partnerships.  This is truly an exciting time for research at IUPUI.

Please click here to register for Research Day.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the April 11 Research Day!

Kody Varahramyan
Vice Chancellor for Research



IUPUI Receives $1.25M Grant to Prepare Students for Graduate Studies and Careers in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences

David Burr, Ph.D.

David Burr, Ph.D.

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded IUPUI a $1.25M grant to prepare undergraduate students from underrepresented minority populations, including students with disabilities, for admission to graduate programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The Indiana University-Purdue University Post Baccalaureate Program (IPREP) draws on IUPUI’s programmatic and research strengths in the health and life sciences.  IPREP will prepare students for successful graduate and professional careers through an intensive research internship coupled with a rigorous and individualized academic and professional/personal development plan.  Designated as IPREP fellows, select students will be provided at least twelve months of paid research experience working with an active faculty research mentor in an area relevant to the student’s career interests.

Training will be available for 4-6 students each year in five areas of interest to the nation’s health industry including biomedical engineering, clinical psychology, human performance and kinesiology, medical neuroscience or the psychobiology of addictions, toward the goal of matriculation into these graduate programs. This will be accomplished both through research and through professional development activities.  The long-term goal of IPREP is to improve diversity in the community of graduate students and faculty for these five targeted programs at IUPUI.

Trans-disciplinary work is emphasized through frequent interaction of the IPREP fellows, their research mentors and other members of the IPREP support staff.  Professional development activities will build the fellows’ strengths in those areas determined to be most important for successful admission to the targeted graduate programs. Activities may include improving analytical ability, writing skills, oral expression, or basic laboratory skills.

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IUPUI Students Win Top Prizes for Innovative Ideas to Solving Social and Economic Problems

The Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research recently announced the winners of the 3rd annual Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC) student “pitch” competition. The competition encourages IUPUI students to come up with innovative ideas to solve real-world problems through new approaches, products, services or ventures.

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NASA Destination Station Day - April 29, 2014

Space Station

Destination Station is NASA's International Space Station Program national awareness campaign that promotes research opportunities, educates communities about activities performed on the International Space Station, and communicates the real and potential impacts of the station on our everyday lives. NASA representatives will be at IUPUI to talk about possible opportunities for university researchers to conduct research abroad the space station. They also would like to learn more about the IUPUI research enterprise. 

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Town Hall Meetings Planned to Discuss Development of New IUPUI Research Strategic Plan

The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has been charged to develop an updated IUPUI Research Strategic Plan, as part of the IUPUI campus Strategic Planning process, and to utilize a transparent public process during the development of the plan, to communicate elements of the plan and to solicit input from the campus and community constituencies. Three Town Hall meetings have been scheduled to present elements of the initial draft of the Research Strategic Plan, to invite inputs, and to address specific questions that may arise concerning the Plan.

The dates/times/locations are as follows:
Monday, April 14:
12:30-1:30 p.m. - ROC Auditorium
Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/TownHallROC/

Wednesday, April 16:
9:00-10:00 a.m. - UL Lilly Auditorium
Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/TownHallUL/

Thursday, April 24:
3:00-4:00 p.m. - Campus Center Theatre
Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/TownHallCE/


Call for Academic Year 2014-2015 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) Proposals

The Center for Research and Learning welcomes proposals for the Academic Year 2014-2015 Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) at IUPUI. Proposals should represent two or more disciplines and should offer undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in a substantive research experience focused on a significant research problem.

This is a unique opportunity provided to IUPUI faculty and researchers for mentoring students while conducting pilot projects or testing new techniques and designs.

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CTSI Support Speeds Hunt for New Genetic Markers for Breast Cancer Risk

Chunyan He, Sc.D.

Chunyan He, Sc.D.

As a member of one of the first teams to use cutting-edge techniques to assess the genetic risk of breast cancer, Chunyan He, Sc.D., joined IU, as it is uniquely positioned to further push innovation in this arena.. However, as a young investigator, she needed a sponsor willing to take a risk on an untested idea. She found that sponsor, the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

Genetic epidemiologist Dr. Chunyan He is an assistant professor at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and a member of the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

The recipient of an early pilot grant from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), Dr. He has been working to advance a project that combines genome-wide association studies, or GWAS, with global gene expression profiling -- two techniques that may soon provide important insights into genetic risk factors for cancer, including their underlying molecular processes.

"Our ultimate goal is to find and understand the mechanisms behind the genes causing the cancer," said Dr. He. "When you identify these causal genes, they open the window for early detection and help with early intervention for the patients and treatments."

GWAS is a form of analysis used to discover the genetic variations in the human genome associated with disease risk. For gene expression profiling, Dr. He employs next-generation RNA-sequencing technology to measure the activity, or expression, inside thousands of genes to create an overall view of cellular function at the whole genome level.

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Surgeon Leads Innovative App to Train Remote Physicians in Cleft Palate Repair

Chunyan He, Sc.D.

Dr. Roberto Flores

Dr. Roberto Flores, assistant professor of surgery at the IU School of Medicine and medical director for cleft and craniofacial anomalies at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, has spent years helping Hoosier children born with challenging physical conditions.

But with thousands of new cases of cleft palates across the globe every year, it's a difficult reality that patients' needs far outweigh the number of surgeons skilled at repairing the condition. It was in recognition of this fact that Dr. Flores agreed to partner with Smile Train, a New York City-based nonprofit that is the world's largest cleft lip and palate repair nonprofit.

The group's mission isn't to send doctors overseas to perform pediatric cleft lip and palate surgery, but rather to provide training to physicians in the developing world.

"There are countless benefits of this type of 'mission trip,'" Dr. Flores said. “Smile Train's approach allows you to empower regional communities to the point where they become less dependent on others; it is less costly in the long-run; and, ultimately, those who were once students will become teachers, allowing a continuum of learning to occur throughout these developing nations."

It's a sustainable approach absent in similar nonprofit organizations, and one that is much more far-reaching than traditional mission trips to provide medical treatment, he said.

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CyberLab Interns at IUPUI Develop Smartphone App for CourseNetworking

Manpreet Singh and Philip Heebner

Manpreet Singh and Philip Heebner

A new smartphone app developed by CyberLab interns at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis opens a mobile, global doorway to CourseNetworking, a free academic social networking site created to change the way the world learns. The app was created for students as a supplemental academic tool, but anyone anywhere may use it.

 With the app, students don’t have to sit in front of their desk computers or laptops, said Mengyuan Zhao, a CyberLab research associate and project coordinator. “They can bring learning with them wherever they are as long as they have a smartphone and access to the Internet.”

Two interns who are computer science majors in the School of Science at IUPUI, Manpreet Singh and Phillip Heebner, developed the CourseNetworking app for Android that was launched earlier this month. Singh also developed the CN app for iPhones, launched about six months ago. The free CourseNetworking[SRC1]  app can be accessed through the app store on iPhones and through Google Play on Android phones.

Singh, CyberLab’s most experienced programming intern, said the biggest challenge had to do with code for the app. “Because this project needed to be completed as a team, we had to make sure that the code we wrote was compatible with the code others had written.”

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Music Therapy Has Positive Effects on Young Cancer Patients’ Coping Skills

Joan Haase, Ph.D., and Sheri Robb, Ph.D.   Dr. Robb was named an Indiana CTSI Young Investigator Awardee from 2009 to 2011.

Joan Haase, Ph.D., and Sheri Robb, Ph.D. Dr. Robb was named an Indiana CTSI Young Investigator Awardee from 2009 to 2011.

A former faculty fellow at the Indiana CTSI recently co-published an influential study on the power of music therapy to help adolescents and young adults undergoing cancer treatment.

Dr. Sheri L. Robb, associate professor of family health at the IU School of Nursing, is the co-leader of a study published early online Jan. 27 in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study found that cancer patients at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health experienced greater coping skills and resilience-related outcomes when they participate in a therapeutic music process that includes writing song lyrics and producing videos.

"The availability of music therapy services from a board-certified music therapist in the United States has become more widespread, and through studies like this one, we hope to see increased availability and access to this important allied health service," Dr. Robb said. "One of the challenges in health care today is making sure that research findings from studies such as ours are used to inform health care practices and service delivery."

Dr. Robb was the recipient of an Indiana CTSI's Young Investigator Award from 2009 to 2011. These awards are designed to provide career development and research support to junior faculty working on promising research projects.

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RESEARCH SUPPORT FUNDS GRANT (RSFG): The Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG) program is designed to enhance the research mission of IUPUI by supporting research projects and scholarly activities that are sustainable through external funding. The next RSFG application deadline is April 15, 2014. For grant guidelines and application forms, go to http://research.iupui.edu/funding/.




Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research

Indiana CTSI Logo

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is seeking applications for its Young Investigator Awards in Clinical-Translational Research.

Benefits include partial salary support, as well as tuition and fees for required and elective coursework, pilot research monies, and travel funds to attend the national CTSI young investigator meeting. Awards will begin July 1.

These awards provide promising junior investigator faculty with the opportunity to be mentored in research-intensive multi-disciplinary settings toward the goal of developing careers in clinical-translational research. Clinical research includes epidemiological studies, clinical trials, or other investigations involving human subjects. Translational research consists of either "T1 research," which involves the interface of basic science to human studies, or "T2 research," which involves the interface of human studies to the community.

To be eligible, candidates must fall into one of two categories:

  • Clinician-scientists with a doctoral degree (physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, veterinarians, allied health care professionals, etc.)
  • Basic scientists with a PhD, who are doing translational research, which has high potential for early translation into impacting patient care

Applicants much be full-time junior faculty or research scientists who would be eligible to apply as principal investigator on an NIH grant or career development award, but who have not to date been a principal investigator on an R01 or equivalent grant. Applications must also be able to identify co-mentors who are faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician-scientist and a Ph.D.-scientist) and be planning to submit a grant for external funding (either a career development award or independent research grant) during the first 12 months of the award. U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status is also required.
Postdoctoral clinical or research fellows are not eligible to apply unless their institution has arranged for them to have a full-time faculty or research scientist appointment by summer 2014.

Applications are due Tuesday, April 1. For more information, or to submit an application, visit the Indiana CTSI grants portal and enter your institutional username and password. Application instructions are located under "CTSI Young Investigator Award in Clinical - Translational Research - 2014.04."
Direct questions to Donna Burgett at dfburget@regenstrief.org.




National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is an NSF-wide activity offering prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

The NSF deadlines for submission of proposals are July 22, 23, and 24, 2014, depending on discipline. If you are interested in applying and would like assistance by OVCR staff, be sure to attend all of the following sessions.

»Session 3: Jumpstarting the NSF CAREER Proposal Writing Process

When: Friday, May 2, 2014 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: University Library, Room 1126

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research Proposal Development team will provide one-to-one support for developing and submitting NSF CAREER proposals. Attendees at this session will present their proposal concepts and be matched with an experienced professional writer/editor who will work with them through submission. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/NSFCAREERJumpstarting/


What You Need to Know About the NIH Policy on Data Sharing

When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 | 9:30am - 10:30am
Where: IB - Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Room 225

Data sharing promotes many goals of the NIH research endeavor. It is particularly important for unique data that cannot be readily replicated. Data sharing allows scientists to expedite the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. Do you know what a data sharing plan should include? Are you aware of common practices and standards for data sharing? Do you know what services are available to help share your data responsibly? This workshop will begin to address these questions. Q&A will follow the presentation. Anyone interested in or planning to apply for NIH funding should attend. Note: The NIH data-sharing policy applies to applicants seeking $500,000 or more in direct costs in any year of the proposed research.

Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/NIHDataSharing/


Meeting the NSF Data Management Plan Requirement: What you need to know

When: Thursday, March 27, 2014 | 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Where: University Library, Room 2120 (IUPUI) or stream it online*

As of January 18, 2011, the National Science Foundation requires a Data Management Plan for all new proposals. This plan should describe how the proposed study will disseminate and share the collected research results. Do you know what this plan should include? Are you aware of best practices and standards for data management, sharing, and preservation? Do you know what support services are available at IU? This workshop will outline the process of developing a data management plan, provide resources for DMP development, and introduce data services available. Q&A will follow the presentation. Anyone interested in or planning to apply for NSF funding should attend.

*If you plan to view the stream, please register so we can share the link when it is available.

Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/NSFDataMgmtPlan/


Nine Golden Rules to Succeed in Research and Scholarship

When: Friday, March 28, 2014 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
Where: University Library, Room 1126

This session will reveal the Nine Golden Rules on how to succeed in research and scholarship. It is focused toward new and early career investigators; however, mid career faculty should find information of interest as well.

Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/GoldenRules/


Making it Work: How to Commercialize Your Innovation

When: Monday, March 31, 2014 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: University Library, Room 1126

This workshop is co-sponsored by the IU Research and Technology Corporation and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and will provide guidance and describe the resources available for commercialization of inventions by IUPUI researchers. IUPUI has a process in place to help…starting with the submission of invention disclosures and patent applications, to the licensing of the patent or in some cases to the development of a start-up company. IUPUI faculty will also be on hand to discuss their experiences in commercial development of their research.

Who should attend?

Faculty, staff, and students who:

*Have an idea for an invention that may be the basis for a new product
*Are interested in learning the next steps after an invention is made
*Want to learn about available resources to support the commercialization process

Workshop Agenda

9:30 a.m.


10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions: IURTC and OVCR

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Indiana University process for protecting and commercializing inventions

11:00 – 11:10 a.m.


11:10 – Noon

OVCR support for commercialization and Q&A with Faculty Panel

Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/CommercializeYourInnovation/


Richard Blanco Poetry Reading

When: Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 7:30pm
Where: Herron School of Art and Design Basile Auditorium

Born in Madrid and raised in Miami, Blanco earned a B.S. in civil engineering and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Florida International University. A practicing engineer and writer, Blanco has taught at Georgetown University and American University, among other institutions. His books include Directions to the Beach of the Dead (2005), Looking for the Gulf Motel (2012), Boston Strong (2013), and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey (2013). In 2013, Blanco served as the fifth inaugural poet of the United States, performing the original poem “One Today.”

This poetry reading is co-sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts Department of English Spring Louise Reiberg Reading Series and by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research as part of IUPUI Research Day April 11, 2014.


Polishing Your Grant Proposal: Writing with Clarity, Conviction, and Confidence

When: Friday, April 18, 2014 | 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: University Library, Room 1126

Writers from the OVCR Proposal Development Services team will offer tips, techniques, and individual writing consultations to improve the fundability of grant proposal submissions. You are encouraged to bring works-in-progress and other writing samples to discuss. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Register: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/PolishingProposals/


Working with Industry on Applied Research & Creative Activity

When: Friday, April 25, 2014 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where: University Library, Room 1126

This session will provide participants with an overview of services provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research that help link faculty researchers to industry partners for potential collaborations. Although this information session is geared toward new to mid-career faculty/researchers with a desire to work with industry, all faculty are welcome to attend. The following topics will be discussed: Research vs. applied research; Benefits of collaboration; How much industry research is currently being conducted at IUPUI; What industry looks for in applied research; What industry looks for in an applied researcher.

Registration: https://crm.iu.edu/CRMEvents/Industry/




National Endowment for the Humanities Program Officer to Visit IU

CAHI logo

On Monday, April 7, Jane Aikin, Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be at IU Bloomington, at the invitation of the College Arts & Humanities Institute. Interested faculty in the Humanities are invited to participate in this event.



All events will be held at the University Club of the Indiana Memorial Union (located at 900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington, Indiana). 

11:00 am: General Presentation on the NEH: Jane Aikin 

12:00 pm: BUFFET LUNCH, courtesy of the College Arts & Humanities Institute 

12:45 pm: Panel Discussion on Review Boards:
Jane Aikin, NEH
Jamsheed Choksy, Professor of History and Central Eurasian Studies, IU
Member of the National Council on the Humanities of the NEH
David Hertz, Professor Comparative Literature, IU
Professor Comparative Literature, IU
Member of the National Council on the Humanities of the NEH
Christoph Irmscher, Provost Professor of English, IU
George F. Getz Professor in the Wells Scholars Program
Director of two NEH Institutes, and reviewed applications 

1:45 pm: COFFEE BREAK 

2:15 pm: Workshop on Applications: Jane Aikin 


Ms. Aikin is also available for a limited number of one-on-one conferences with faculty in the humanities, to discuss ideas or proposals in progress. (The deadline for NEH proposals for Fellowships is May 1, 2014.) These will be scheduled for Monday morning, from 9:00-10:30 am, and Tuesday morning, from 9:00-11:00 am, as needed. Faculty members who plan to come and wish to schedule a meeting with Jane Aikin should send an email to cahi@indiana.edu, with “Aikin Conference” in the subject line. Faculty will also be required to send a one-page prospectus of a potential project to be forwarded to Ms. Aikin in advance of her meeting. 

Research Coordinator Education (RCEDU) Spring 2014 Level Three Program Dates

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), IU Office of Research Compliance (ORC), and Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center are pleased to announce that the spring offering of the Research Coordinator Education (RCEDU) Level Three Program will be held on April 24-25, 2014.

The two-day, Level Three program serves as a way to recognize experienced Research Coordinators, provide additional education relative to the campus-specific aspects of conducting research, and to foster the implementation of best practices for advancing the research enterprise. The program is designed to offer benefits not only to the individual participants, but also to their research teams, departments, and Schools as a whole.

Additional details regarding the program, including application information and attendance fees, are forthcoming. General information about the RCEDU initiative can be found at www.indianactsi.org/training/coordinators.


Dr. Gary Kreps to Visit IUPUI as Keynote for Launch of Ph.D. in Health Communications

Dr. Gary Kreps is a University Distinguished Professor at George Mason University.  Previously he was with the National Cancer Institute, NIH, 1999‐2004, Founding Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Founding Coordinator, Trans‐Department of Health and Human Services Health Communication Research Working Group, Bethesda, MD.  He will be visiting IUPUI as a keynote speaker to launch the Ph.D. in Health Communication. He is also available to meet with IUPUI researchers.

Meeting with IUPUI Researchers
3:00 – 4:30 PM, Wednesday March 26, 2014
Campus Center, Room 406
**Faculty interested in meeting with Dr. Kreps must contact Etta Ward at 278-8427 or emward@iupui.edu.

Keynote Presentation to Launch the Ph.D. in Health Communication
1:30 – 3:30 PM, Friday March 28, 2014
Campus Center, Room 309
**A reception follows the presentation in the same room.




The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research recognizes and congratulates all IUPUI faculty and researchers for recent awards they have received and that help to advance the IUPUI research enterprise. The following table highlights those receiving $100,000 or more in external grants.

Grants and Awards - January 2014

PI Agency Project Title School Department Total

Yang, Feng-Chun


Role of Asxl1 in normal hematopoiesis and pathogenesis of myeloid malignancies




Chang, Ching-Pin


Ask1 and heart failure




Goodpaster, John V






Liu, Chiung-Ju


Maintaining Independence at Home for Vulnerable Elders: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial




Mitchell, Alice Marina


Decreasing Contrast-Induced Nephropathy from Pulmonary Embolism Testing: Physician Adoption of Risk-Stratification Strategies in the Emergency Care Setting




Miyamoto, Richard T.


Development and Adaptive Behavior of Young Children with Hearing Loss




Liu, Yan


Targeting PRL2 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia




Hudmon, Andy


Developing Novel CaMKII Activators to Reduce Neurodegeneration




Jin, Xiaoming


Optogenetic evaluation and acute protection of corticospinal tract after spinal cord injury




Tan, Zhiyong


Pain following ischemic spinal cord injury: role of voltage-gated sodium channels and investigation of a novel treatment strategy




Lee, Men-Jean


Team Optimization of Pregnancy Program




Xie, Dong


Development of Polymeric Proactives for Fragrance Delivery




Grants and Awards - February 2014

PI Agency Project Title School Department Total

Schwarz, Margaret Arlene


EMAP II: Pulmonary Vascular Mediator




Nguyen, Kim Sa T


Pilot Regional Louis Stokes Center - Midwest Center of Excellence




Chen, Yaobin


Human Systems Integration for Safety in an Autonomous Vehicle World: Impending Collisions




Hashino, Eri


Generation of Inner Ear Sensory Epithelia from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells




Jin, Xiaoming


Longitudinal changes in microcirculation and synaptic plasticity after mild TBI




Frankel, Richard M


Rapid Assessment, Development and Implementation of a Program to Improve Use of Electronic Health Records in Eskenazi Ambulatory Care Practices




Soto, Armando


SEAL INDIANA: Statewide mobile dental sealant program (2013-2014)







Funding opportunities in this section include selected current grant announcements from federal agencies for new initiatives and changes to existing programs. Announcements with limited scope are not listed here but are, instead, sent directly to IUPUI School Deans.  For comprehensive coverage of funding opportunities please use the on-line search tools listed below.


Care for the Critically Injured Burn Patient: The objective of this announcement is to explore innovative approaches to accelerate the translation of advances in knowledge into new standards of care for the treatment of the injured warfighter who sustains burn injuries. The results of the research funded through FY13 Care for the Critically Injured Burn Patient II (CCIBPII) Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity are expected to increase the body of knowledge available to professionals and practitioners in health, medical science and related fields. Deadline: October 16, 2014.

Multifunctional Quantum Transduction of Photons, Electrons, and Phonons:   The objective of this topic is to develop a quantum technology that expands the capabilities afforded by optomechanical devices by adding active control of the mechanical degrees of freedom via electronic signals in both the classical and quantum regimes. Develop coherent electronic control of both photonic and phononic quanta using electrically-based quantum circuits such as superconducting qubits, or optical or phononic control of synthetic or naturally-occurring atomic defect spin states. Provide multi-field quantum transduction linking electronics, spintronics, mechanics and photonics, and demonstrate quantum control of phonons, enabling photon-like manipulation of this degree of freedom. This quantum transducer should yield (1) high-bandwidth transmission and reception of optically-encoded, quantum-encrypted information, providing secure high-bandwidth communication; (2) the development of coherent coupling between hybrid quantum systems, and (3) new integrated means for quantum information storage and processing.

Photonic and optomechanical structures have been largely based on Si and SiN. Other materials should be considered, e.g., SiC and AlN, which are now available as high-quality thin films with desirable optical properties, tunable electronic spin, and provide strong piezoelectric response. Properly harnessed, the piezoelectric response enables strong coupling of electrical signals to mechanical motion at microwave frequencies, affording a new mode for high-speed information transfer between photons and quantum-controlled phonons. A focused effort should explore the capabilities of such "3-field" systems. This will require materials processing; quantum structures; coupling modalities; theory; and simulation tools incorporating all degrees of freedom. Strong electro-optomechanical coupling, with quantum control over electronic, spintronic, photonic and phononic degrees of freedom, should be achievable. Very high bandwidths for quantum-entangled photonic states may be achieved using such devices. These also should provide new transduction mechanisms for coupling hybrid quantum systems. Deadlines: White Paper, October, 15, 2014; Submission, December 16, 2014.

NOTE: All faculty, researchers, and scientists on continuing contracts at IU interested in applying for Department of Defense funding are eligible for assistance by the consulting firm--Cornerstone Government Affairs-- arranged by the Vice President for Research.  Those interested in securing assistance from Cornerstone must submit a 2 page summary of their research project and a CV or biosketch to the VP for Research Office at vpr@iu.edu . Prior to submission, the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is offering assistance with the 2 page summaries. For more information, contact Ann Kratz akratz@iupui.edu.



Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants: This announcement supports projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources. These challenges include the need to find better ways to preserve materials of critical importance to the nation's cultural heritage--from fragile artifacts and manuscripts to analog recordings and digital assets subject to technological obsolescence--and to develop advanced modes of searching, discovering, and using such materials. Project results must serve the needs of a significant number of humanists.

Applications may be submitted that address any of the following activities: 1) the development of technical standards and best practices for preserving and creating access to humanities collections; 2) the exploration of more effective scientific and technical methods of preserving humanities collections; 3) the development of automated procedures and computational tools to integrate, analyze, and repurpose humanities data in disparate online resources; 4) the development of platforms, systems, and plans for managing humanities data and digital assets; and 5) the investigation and testing of new ways of providing digital access to humanities materials that are not easily digitized using current methods.
Deadline: May 01, 2014.



Family-Centered Self-Management of Chronic Conditions (R01): This funding opportunity seeks to build the science of family-centered self-management (FCSM) in chronic conditions. Examples of approaches to this opportunity include but are not limited to the following: 1) Develop and test FCSM interventions that promote family equilibrium for individuals with chronic conditions as well as when multiple family members have chronic conditions and are at risk of exacerbation of their illness. Examples may include community interventions or programs around a built environment. 2) Develop innovative research designs to determine which FCSM interventions are most efficient to include variability across developmental life stages and who will benefit most. Examples of innovative designs may include using a multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) when applied to self-management studies. This design leads to identification of a likely best intervention that can be evaluated at optimal levels, through an iterative process. Another example may be using a Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) or pragmatic design that would facilitate high-quality data that can be used to construct adaptive interventions. Methodological designs such as SMART and MOST could be adapted to family-centered self-management research prevention and management programs. 3) Incorporate novel technologies for individual and family members to facilitate FSCM such as: monitoring symptom status, promoting health behavioral modifications and accessing/imparting health information. Deadline: June 05, 2014.

Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery (R01): The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage applications from institutions/organizations proposing innovative, high risk, high impact research to identify novel vaccine concepts and targets that will aid in the design and development of an effective immunogen that may provide long-term protection from either acquisition of or ongoing infection by HIV. The emphasis of this FOA is early discovery research that incorporates new ideas leading to the development of newly engineered conventional or entirely novel approaches for vaccines that may have significant impact on the design of immunogens or immunization strategies for an effective HIV vaccine. The program is open to established and new investigators and does not require research expertise in HIV prevention as a prerequisite for submitting an application. Deadlines: Letter of Intent: June 15, 2014; Submission: July 15, 2014.

Technologies for Healthy Independent Living (R01)This announcement encourages Research Project Grant (R01) applications for research and development of technologies that monitor health or deliver care in a real-time, accessible, effective, and minimally obtrusive way. These systems are expected to integrate, process, analyze, communicate, and present data so that the individuals are engaged and empowered in their own healthcare with reduced burden to care providers. The development of these technology systems has the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, people aging with mild impairments, as well as individuals with chronic conditions. Components of Participating Organizations: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB); National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); National Institute on Aging (NIA); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD); National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR); Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Deadline: September 23, 2014.



Research Networks in the Mathematical Sciences (RNMS):  The RNMS Program creates an award mechanism that supports researchers in ways that are intermediate in scale, scope, and duration to existing individual investigator awards and research institute awards. The RNMS Program recognizes that, over the past quarter century, mathematical research has become increasingly collaborative and interactive, because effectively overcoming core scientific challenges frequently requires the sharing of ideas and expertise. A Research Network is not a substitute for existing funding mechanisms. In particular, it is intended to complement (rather than replace) individual investigator awards by providing additional layers of interaction. Through the involvement of postdoctoral researchers and students and the promotion of international collaborations, the RNMS will not only focus on problems at the frontier of the mathematical sciences but also lead to robust and diverse training of the next generation of mathematicians and statisticians. Deadline: July 14, 2014.

Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID): The goal of the EEID program is to support important and innovative research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The program's focus is on the discovery of general principles and processes and on building and testing models that elucidate these principles. Projects must address quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. Research in EEID is expected to be an interdisciplinary effort that goes beyond the scope of typical studies funded by the standing programs of the partner agencies. They should bring together such areas as anthropology, computational science, ecology, epidemiology, evolution, food science, genomics, geography, global health, mathematics, microbiology, plant science, population biology, sociology, physical environmental sciences, systems science, and veterinary medicine. The history of the EEID program has shown that the most competitive proposals are those that advance broad, conceptual knowledge that reaches beyond the specific system under study and that may be useful for understanding public, agricultural or ecosystem health, natural resource use and wildlife management, and/or economic development. Deadline: November 20, 2014.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL):  The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments for public and professional audiences; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and develop understandings of deeper learning by participants. Whether for personal satisfaction, professional advancement, or fulfilling learning requirements for pre-K through graduate and professional education, greater possibilities for accessing and understanding informal education are emerging through increased access to STEM learning anywhere and anytime. AISL's research and development investments focus on the translation of foundational and early stage research to research, design, development, and implementation of STEM learning in informal environments. As such, the knowledge base to which AISL contributes most is more closely aligned with theories of practice and designed-based research than with foundational theory building. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Pathways, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, and (5) Conferences, Symposia, and Workshops. Deadline: November 14, 2014.




On-line search tools are available to IUPUI investigators who are interested in identifying funding opportunities in their areas of interest.

Community of Science (COS): COS is a primary on-line search tool for identifying funding opportunities. To take advantage of this tool, register at http://www.cos.com/login/join.shtml. Once you have completed the short registration process, you can personalize your search by selecting the option entitled “launch your workbench”. You can access federal, local, corporate, foundation, nonprofit and other funding opportunities using key terms and save the results of up to 20 searches and have them delivered to you weekly via email.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) “NIH Guide”: To take advantage of this search tool, register at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/listserv.htm. It allows you to receive discipline specific funding opportunities that are delivered to you weekly via email.

National Science Foundation (NSF) “MyNSF”:To take advantage of this search tool, register at http://service.govdelivery.com/service/multi_subscribe.html?
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Federal Business Opportunities “FedBizOpps”: FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. To take advantage of this search tool, visit https://www.fbo.gov. Opportunities found at this site include, but are not limited to, presolicitations and special notices for research and service contracts for specific projects and some national centers and surveys that would not be found in Grants.gov and may not be found in the Community of Science.

Limited Submission Funding Opportunities:

Many federal agencies and foundations offer grants, awards and fellowships that limit the number of applications that can come from one institution or require special handling. In order to comply with agency and foundation guidelines and increase the chances of Indiana University (IU) succeeding in such limited submissions and special handling opportunities, IU policies and procedures are in place and are utilized by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and other IU research offices to facilitate internal coordination and competitions. 

Individuals interested in responding to limited submission  opportunities must inform the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research about their intent to apply to a given limited submission opportunity, such that they can be included in the internal review and selection process.  Failure to do so may disqualify individuals from consideration for submission to the funding opportunity. 

Individuals interested in a limited submission opportunity or have any questions about the internal coordination process, contact Etta Ward at emward@iupui.edu or 317-278-8427. For a description of upcoming limited submission funding opportunities, as well as guidelines and application forms, go to: http://research.iu.edu/limited_sub.shtml.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list, and that any external funding opportunity that imposes any type of submission limitation is subject to the IU limited submission policy and procedures.

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The Special Handling List was compiled and is maintained by the Indiana University Foundation office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Please contact Dee Metaj at 317-278-5644 if you have any questions regarding this list.

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