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Internal Funding Opportunities

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research

OVCR Awards FY 2012; OVCR Awards FY 2013; OVCR Awards FY 2014

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research is piloting a new online submission portal. Select Spring 2015 programs will be using CompetitionSpace to submit applications. You must be registered in CompetitionSpace to submit an application. Click Register at the top right of the portal. Enter your first name, last name, your IU email address, and create a password. Questions? Email

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Internal Grant (IAHI)

The IAHI Grant Program exists to support campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in arts and humanities. It is designed to enhance the research and creative activity mission of IUPUI by supporting research projects and scholarly activities that are conducted by arts and humanities faculty. The program is intended to stimulate existing and new research and creative activity, and to support faculty in becoming competitive in securing external funding and sponsorship.

Deadline: February 16

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Developing Diverse Researchers with InVestigative Expertise (DRIVE)

The Developing Diverse Researchers with InVestigative Expertise (DRIVE) program is designed to enhance the diversity and research and creative activity mission of IUPUI.  Faculty from historically underrepresented populations, usually defined as African-American, Latino-American, Native American, Pacific Islanders, and women are particularly encouraged to apply. The DRIVE program supports projects that have the potential for sustainability through external funding.

Deadlines: March 2

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Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success (FORCES)

The FORCES program is designed to support IUPUI researchers in the successful transformation of their research findings into commercially viable outcomes.  The key goals of FORCES are to support: 1) realization of short-term projects that will enhance commercial value of IUPUI intellectual property assets, by facilitating commercialization of inventions, technologies, or other intellectual property derived from existing research projects, and 2) development of research initiatives that show great promise for commercialization of the research outcomes.

Deadlines: September 15 and March 15

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Signature Centers Initiative Grant (SCI)

The Signature Centers Initiative (SCI) was begun in 2006 in an effort to create strong research units that are uniquely identifiable with IUPUI.  The centers were created as an integral part of the Academic Plan for IUPUI, with the goal that they will lead the way in world-class research and creative activities that will substantially enhance IUPUI’s reputation. With these aims in mind, a call for proposals in the Fall of 2006 resulted in a total of 19 center proposals selected for support.  As there was a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for the Signature Centers Initiative, and as the quality of the proposals submitted was very high, in 2007 it was decided to continue the development of Signature Centers across the IUPUI campus. This has resulted in subsequent rounds of calls for proposals.

Deadline: April 1

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.

Deadlines:  October 15 and April 15

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Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER)

The EMPOWER program has been developed to support IUPUI faculty who are historically underrepresented and/or excluded populations in their discipline or area of scholarship and historically denied admission to higher education or that discipline, 1) to become successful in sponsored research and scholarly activity, and 2) to achieve significant professional growth and advancement. The program sustains mentorship opportunities through the EMPOWER Grant Program, supporting achievement of excellence in research and scholarly activity, and optimal attainment of academic career goals and objectives.

Deadline: September 5

Imaging Technology Development Program (ITDP)

The objective of the Imaging Technology Development Program (ITDP) is to provide a source of seed funding to foster multidisciplinary research activities to advance the development of new, innovative, imaging-related technologies, defined as any technology associated with the acquisition of images, display of image information, or quantitative analyses of the information contained within an image.

Deadline: October 1

IUPUI Graduate Student Imaging Research Fellowship (GSIRF) Program

The aim of the IUPUI Graduate Student Imaging Research Fellowship (GSIRF) Program is to provide a stable source of funding for graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree focused on imaging technology development within an interdisciplinary, collaborative, research environment. Furthermore, it is anticipated that this program will serve as a means to enhance multidisciplinary research activities among senior investigators. It is expected that the funded GSIRF projects will provide the foundation for securing additional external funding sources to further the new imaging technology and its utilization within the mentors’ laboratories.

Deadline: October 15

International Development Fund (IDF)

The IDF grant was developed to enhance the international research and scholarly activity focus of the IUPUI academic mission. Generally, the IDF grant serves as venture capital to stimulate additional funding for international research and scholarly activity, which have strong potential to generate indirect cost recovery from extramural sources.

Deadlines:  November 15

Release Time for Research (RTR)

IUPUI maintains a robust research enterprise. To support faculty in having adequate time to prepare competitive proposals, the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has developed the Release Time for Research (RTR) internal funding mechanism. This funding program allows IUPUI faculty a “buy out” of teaching time to prepare high quality grant/contract proposals for submission to external funding agencies.  It also supports non-tenure track faculty who are full-time senior lecturers or clinical track faculty possessing terminal degrees relevant to their fields, and who have a desire to engage in research or creative activity in an area that directly relates to their teaching or service mission.

Deadline:  February 1

IUPUI Campus-wide


Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

This page lists all Indiana CTSI funded proposals currently accepting applications.

IU School of Medicine

The Indiana University School of Medicine offers several internal funding programs to support faculty research.  Proposals are peer reviewed and subject to established deadlines and submission criteria.  The school also offers many excellent research and internship programs for high school, pre-med, and medical students.

Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC)

The Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC) invites individuals or groups to submit proposals for initiatives that support the continued development of school/department assessment plans that focus on enhancing student learning and/or assessment of program effectiveness in connection with preparing the self study for program review. We are especially interested in strategies that are consistent with IUPUI's Principles of Undergraduate Learning and that integrate assessment of generic knowledge and skills with assessment in the major.

Faculty Appointments and Advancement

Faculty Appointments and Advancement (FAA) promotes and administers campus awards for faculty at IUPUI. Nominations are solicited in October and close in January. Awards are presented in April.


IU System-wide

Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants (IUCRG)

The IUCRG is open to faculty on all Indiana University campuses. The goals of this competition are to facilitate and support outstanding research and cutting edge discoveries by teams of experts who have not worked together previously in the project’s subject matter. Teams should include experts from different campuses, schools, departments, or disciplines. The maximum funding per project will be $75,000 but in exceptional cases, when there is a convincing justification, this maximum could be exceeded.

New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program

The objective of the New Frontiers opportunity is to help Indiana University faculty members by supporting the initial stages of path-breaking and transformative programs of scholarly investigation or creative activity.

Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

OVPIA supports faculty research and teaching through partnerships with institutions of higher education overseas, exchange programs, grants, services to international scholars and their families, support for developing study abroad programs, and tools for navigating the policies and procedures governing international activities. OVPIA also provides a wide range of services and resources so our students can gain this knowledge and expand their opportunities to travel, study, work, and do research abroad.