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Office of the Vice Provost for Research

For more information on EAR at IU, contact:


Alicia Adelman
Program Coordinator
earprogram@indiana.edu

Rick Van Kooten
Vice Provost for Research
Office of the Vice Provost for Research
rvankoot@indiana.edu

Sherry Knighton-Schwandt
Executive Director of Research Development
Office of the Vice Provost for Research
sks@indiana.edu

 


The IU Bloomington Strategic Plan calls for the campus to invest significant resources to support research and creative activity. These strategic research initiatives include the Emerging Areas of Research Funding Program (EAR) at IU Bloomington. The Emerging Areas of Research Funding Program seeks to support key areas of research and creative strength on the IU Bloomington campus that are emerging, novel, or current, and in need of support.

The EAR funding program will support investigators and teams of investigators who are prepared to undertake a significant and complex investigation involving fresh approaches to research. The research or creative activity that is emerging or under development should capitalize on existing strengths on campus; have the potential for enhancing the volume, quality, impact and reputation of research at IU Bloomington; and lead to federal, corporate, or private funding.

The campus anticipates funding up to six EAR initiatives over the next five years. For each four-year EAR award, the campus will invest approximately $3 million in cash and 1-3 faculty lines per EAR initiative.

IMPORTANT DATES  ROUND 2
TBD Distribution of full EAR Request for Proposals
TBD One-page abstracts due, submitted to earprogram@indiana.edu
TBD Full proposals due by 5 PM (EST)
Online Application  
TBD Final selection decided
TBD First round of EAR implementation begins

 

Goals

IU Bloomington’s investments in the Emerging Areas of Research Funding Program are intended to significantly enhance the volume, quality, impact, and reputation of research and creative activity at IU Bloomington and serve the following goals for the proposed area:

  1. Provide critical, strategic investments to advance emerging areas based on IU Bloomington’s strengths.
  2. Improve the ability of IU Bloomington faculty to compete successfully for ambitious and diverse external research support and create intellectual property with commercialization possibilities.
  3. Facilitate collaboration that enables faculty to leverage resources in pursuit of common goals that facilitate or promote Schools/College objectives.
  4. Identify an area where the campus can become more competitive with the addition of key faculty who may fill an existing gap in research strength.
  5. Promote faculty to serve as world leaders among peers in a specific area of research or creative activity and/or be recognized for identifying and executing a novel approach to disciplinary or interdisciplinary research.
  6. Increase the community-facing impact of the campus through its engagement with the public.

Criteria

The following criteria provide guidance when evaluating an emerging area of research:

  1. Represents a complex, novel, and significant investigation (which may be either discipline-specific or multidisciplinary).
  2. Strategically addresses an existing strength at IU Bloomington for which the addition of resources will make the area of research or creative activity world-class among peers or recognized for identifying and executing a novel approach.
  3. Identifies an area where the campus can become more competitive with the addition of key faculty and that serves the broader goals of the Schools/College.
  4. Outlines well-defined, achievable goals that can be measured quantitatively and qualitatively.
  5. Strategically leverages IU Bloomington’s existing resources and potentially resources outside of the IU community.
  6. Has the potential to attract the external competitive, philanthropic, corporate, and/or government funding, as appropriate to the discipline or field, that can sustain the area of research or creative activity. Proposals in disciplines where commercialization possibility and external funding prospects are not directly relevant or feasible will not be judged by these criteria.