Office of the Vice Provost for Research

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October 13, 2017;

1-page abstracts due June 30, 2017

Awards of up to $3 million in cash per initiative, in addition to 1-3 faculty lines  

Alicia Adelmanearprogram[at]indiana [dot] edu 
(812) 855-8913


Rick Van Kooten, Vice Provost for Research
ovpr[at]indiana [dot] edu


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

  1. Provide critical, strategic investments to advance emerging areas of research based on IU Bloomington’s strengths.
  2. Improve the ability of IU Bloomington faculty to compete successfully for ambitious and diverse external research support, appropriate to the field, and potentially create intellectual property with commercialization possibilities in relevant disciplines and areas.
  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 of research or creative activity where the campus can become more competitive with the addition of key faculty who may fill an existing gap.
  5. Promote faculty to serve as world leaders among peers in a specific area 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.

Submission Deadline

  • Required 1-page abstract due June 30, 2017, including title of proposal, lead investigator/s contact information, and a paragraph describing the emerging area of research or creative activity that will be proposed.
  • Full proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on October 13, 2017.  


Eligible as PIs (IU Bloomington only)

  • All tenured and tenure-eligible faculty
  • Center directors

Proposals including participation by women and members of underrepresented groups as PIs and team members are especially encouraged. There is no limit on the number of proposals on which faculty and research scientists may participate.


Award Amount

  • The maximum amount that will be awarded per EAR initiative is $3 million over four years.