Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Grant-in-Aid program is designed to support faculty research and scholarship; initiate new faculty research and creative activities; and supply modest support at unusually critical times.  Faculty who have received the award during the past six semesters are not eligible to apply.

DeadlineAward AmountOnline ApplicationContact
anytime Up to $3,000

Fraya Fox
ffox[at]indiana [dot] edu   
(812) 855-8913

Ed Comentale, AVP for Arts & Humanities
ecomenta[at]indiana [dot] edu  


Grant-in-Aid can be used only for expenses not funded through other sources. Duplicate submission for Grant-in-Aid and the Biomedical Research Support Grants (BRSG) is not permitted. Up to $2,000 can be used for publishing subvention. No more than one faculty member may apply for subvention funding for a single publication/project.


Open to Bloomington tenured and tenure-eligible faculty, research scientists, research scholars, research center directors, and librarians. Visiting and adjunct faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, lecturers, and part-time faculty are not eligible; however, with certain exceptions, non tenure-track faculty members whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity may be eligible with an explanation in the letter of support from their chair or dean.  Emeritus faculty should apply through the Retired Faculty Grant-in-Aid program.  Faculty who have received the award during the past six semesters cannot apply.


Grants may not be used to pay faculty stipends (including summer salary) or graduate fee remissions.

Grants may not be used to attend conferences or to fund conference presentations.

Grants may not be used to reimburse for previously paid expenses.

Grants may not be used to purchase general computer equipment that can be funded through other sources on campus (i.e. life-cycle funding, school/department funding).

Application Requirements

Applicants must complete an electronic application and upload a completed application form and budget worksheet.  The uploaded application form must include the following components (please note page limitations):

  • project description (4-page maximum)
  • budget justification (1-page maximum)
  • letter of support from the department chair, dean, or unit head (may be included in the application form or sent to
  • two letters of support from experts in the field (may be from within or outside IU) (may be included in the application form or sent to
  • biosketch or brief cv (3-page maximum)