Signature Centers

Investing in the future of research

The Signature Centers Initiative is fostering the development of research centers that are uniquely identifiable with IUPUI, and lead the way in world-class research and creative activities that substantially enhance IUPUI’s reputation nationally and internationally. The initiative is designed to provide each selected center initial funding for a period of three years, equally shared between the central administration and the academic units. In addition to representing an area of research and scholarly strength, a selected center will usually build on some ongoing activities and have many of the following attributes to receive a Signature Center designation by the completion of third year funding:

  • Signature centers will often be interdisciplinary in character. They should have the capacity to attract significant external funding appropriate to the disciplines involved, including federal grants and foundation support. The centers need to bring academic distinction to the campus. After an initial period of campus-based seed funding, they should become largely self-sufficient in a 3 to 5 year time frame.
  • The work of the center should have something unique and distinctive, which makes it stand out. It should not focus on an area commonly studied at many other universities, although collaborations with other institutions could be a desirable feature.
  • The center should engage in work which takes advantage of the urban location in Indianapolis and establish partnerships with local community and cultural organizations.

New Signature Centers Initiatives were funded from 2007 to 2015. Current initiatives are working on their research missions and will be reviewed for Signature Center status after their third year.

Awarded Signature Center Status - 2010
Binational/Cross-Cultural Health Enhancement Center
Center for Earth and Environmental Science
Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
PREGMED Center for Pharmacogenetics and Therapeutics Research in Maternal and Child Health
Service Learning Research Collaborative
Awarded Signature Center Status - 2011
Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Center
Transportation Active Safety Institute
Vascular and Cardiac Center for Adult Stem Cell Therapy
Awarded Signature Center Status - 2013
Institute for American Thought
Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
Awarded Signature Center Status - 2015
Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Awarded Signature Center Status - 2016
Center for Brain Rehabilitation, Advanced Imaging, and Neuroscience
Initiative Funded - 2013
Center for Cancer Population Analytics and Patient-Centered Informatics
Center for the Cure of Glioblastoma
Initiative Funded - 2014
Indiana Diabetes Research Center
Research Center for Quantitative Renal Imaging
Initiative Funded - 2015
Center for Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research
Indiana Center for AIDS Research