Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Start-up Funds


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Primary Contacts:

Exec. Dir. for Research Dev
Sherry Knighton-Schwandt
sks[at]indiana [dot] edu

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

Fiscal Officer:

Kristi Jones
joneskri[at]indiana [dot] edu


Start-up funds are often a critical element in the successful recruitment and launch of a faculty member’s academic career.  All academic units at IU Bloomington provide start-up funding for tenure-track faculty.  Under special circumstances, particularly in the sciences when the need exceeds the average start-up cost, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR) will consider a partnership with the unit to determine an appropriate start-up package.  The OVPR funds will generally focus on shared equipment.

If a funding partnership is necessary, it is important that discussions with OVPR start early in the recruitment process.  OVPR will work with the dean and requires the candidate’s CV, research statement, the candidate’s list of requested items and a letter of financial support from the unit. Final decisions about startup funds will be made in consultation with the academic unit and the Vice President for Research.

In case the recruitment requires any adjustment to lab space, use of animals, biological, chemical, or radiation support, a start-up request will not be considered until the following route sheet is completed: IUB New Faculty Hire Intention Route Sheet.  This will ensure that the appropriate campus units are alerted in a timely manner for evaluation and preparation before the faculty member arrives on campus.