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Internal and Local Research Funding Opportunities

Quick Links to Grant Pages

Biomedical Research Grant from the IUSM Biomedical Research Committee (BRC)

All full-time faculty, regardless of tenure status, having an appointment of Assistant Professor or Assistant Scientist and above, are eligible to apply for a Biomedical Research Grant.  Primary appointment must be in the School of Medicine. Faculty in Visiting ranks are not eligible for funding through this mechanism.

Deadlines = 1) one week following the first regular business day in January, 2) the first regular business day in May, and 3) the first regular business day in September. The electronic application must be uploaded to the CTSI website by end of business (5PM) on the submission due date.  

IU Health Values Fund Grants from IU Health

The next round of IU Health Values Fund Grants will be in the fall of 2013. The deadline for applications  is Monday, October 14, 2013 @ 12:00pm with funding to start on or about May 1, 2014.   IU employees must have their applications into the IU-Office of Research Administration (IU-ORA) at least five (5) business days before the deadline.

There are three separate IU Health Values Fund programs.  They are:

  • Education
  • Research
  • The Integration of Spiritual and Religious Dimensions in Health Care

Application requirements and submission due dates vary among the three programs. Detailed instructions and application forms for the 2013/2014 competition can be found here.

Collaboration in Translational Research Pilot Grant Program

 The objective of the Indiana CTSI CTR pilot grant program is to foster and encourage collaboration across the Indiana CTSI partner institutions (IU, Purdue, and Notre Dame) and to initiate or continue translational research projects that have very strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs, or generate novel intellectual property (IP). Proposed projects should have participation by two (or more) principal investigators respresenting at least two of the sponsoring affiliates for this program. Sponsoring affiliates include: Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), IUPUI (non-IUSM), Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University-West Lafayette, and University of Notre Dame.

Deadline: March 5, 2012 (5:00 pm)

Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

Contact the Office of Operations or follow the link to the left for more information.

Pilot Funding for Research Use of Core Facilities at the IUSM

The Indiana CTSI Pilot Funding program is intended to promote the use of technologies and expertise afforded by the Indiana CTSI Core Facilities available at all partner institutions. Successful proposals will demonstrate outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property (IP). Success of the program will be viewed, in part, by the fostering of new funded grants or providing significant contributions to grant renewals. Therefore, proposals will be judged with equal measure on scientific merit and the likelihood of generating new IP or extramural grant support.

Deadline = 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12

Research Enhancement Grant at the IUSM (BRC)

The objective of the Research Enhancement Grant program is to stimulate research productivity at the seven Centers for Medical Education and the Medical Sciences Program in Bloomington.  The intent is to foster scholarly and creative research by worthy investigators so that they can compete successfully for extramural research support.

Deadlines = 1) one week following the first regular business day in January, 2) the first regular business day in May, and 3) the first regular business day in September. The electronic application must be uploaded to the CTSI website by end of business (5PM) on the submission due date. 

Research Funding offered at the campus and system-wide levels

Includes but not limited to the following programs: Signature Centers Initiative (SCI), Research Support Funds Grant (RSFG), International Development Fund (IDF), Developing Diverse Researchers with InVestigative Expertise (DRIVE), and Release Time for Research (RTR).

Multiple Deadlines

Showalter Research Trust Funding at the IUSM

Open to current IUSM full-time faculty, on a non-visiting status, having a rank of Assistant Professor or Assistant Scientist. Areas of appropriate biomedical research eligible for funding are broad and described by the benefactors as "the type of medical research that is most likely to permanently benefit mankind." Donor intent prohibits the use of Showalter Trust funds for research in psychiatry, sociology, or social studies. 

Deadline = one week following the first regular business day in January 

Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund Research Grant Program from the Indiana State Dept of Health

The Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Fund is accepting applications to support research related to treatment and cure of spinal cord and brain injuries.

This includes research related to the prevention, treatment and cure of spinal cord and brain injuries, including acute management, medical complications, rehabilitative techniques and neuronal recovery.

Because the nature and scope of the research proposed may vary, it is anticipated that the size of each award may also vary. Applications to this program are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $60,000 per year. All applications should be limited to two-year duration.

Eligible principal investigators must be based in Indiana and have the education, skills, knowledge and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research.

For more information on eligibility, or to apply, see the complete application guidelines. Applications are due 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17. For more information, contact Julie Driscol at

SUBMISSION DEADLINE - February 17, 2014 (5:00PM)

Young Investigator Award (Opens pdf)

Richard Roudebush VA Medical Center

The VA Medical Research Service at the Richard L. Roudebush V.A. Medical Center requests applications for small research grants.  Up to 2 awards of up to $20,000 to $30,000 each will be awarded from funding provided by the Indiana Institute for Medical Research (IIMR).

Applicants should be a qualified investigator (M.D., D.O. or Ph.D./RPh.) employed by the VA unless under the direction of a VA employed 5/8th Investigator and with the intention of becoming a 5/8th VA PI employee. The applicant should have an academic rank not exceeding assistant professor and no current or prior history as a Principal Investigator of NIH or VA funding.  Applications should be directed at the study of discrete projects intended to produce preliminary data in support of a future application for a VA Career Development Award or VA Merit Review grant. Thus, the applicant must remain qualified to apply for VA funding throughout the funding period. 

An email Letter of Intent with TOPIC & TITLE is due by 2/3/2014.
A Full Submission is due by 2/17/2014.
Award notifications will be made by 4/15/2014.