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July 24, 2012

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Centers receive IUPUI Signature Centers Initiative funding

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Vice Chancellor for Research Kody Varahramyan announces the 2012 Signature Centers Initiative Award Winners. The awarded centers are provided significant seed funding over the course of three years to stimulate innovative multidisciplinary research and scholarly activity. Upon completion of the three-year award period, the SCI-funded centers will undergo a rigorous evaluation to determine whether they have met the expectations to receive official designation as an IUPUI Signature Center.

The ultimate goal of the Signature Centers Initiative is to create strong research units that are uniquely identifiable with IUPUI and will lead the way in world-class research and creative activities that will substantially enhance IUPUI's reputation locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to representing an area of research and scholarly strength, the center will usually build on some ongoing activities and have many of the following attributes for a Signature Center designation:

  • Signature centers will often be interdisciplinary in character. They should have the capacity to attract significant external funding appropriate to the disciplines involved, including federal grants and foundation support. The centers need to bring academic distinction to the campus. After an initial period of campus-based seed funding, they should become largely self-sufficient in a three- to five-year time frame.
  • The work of the center should have something unique and distinctive that makes it stand out. It should not focus on an area commonly studied at many other universities, although collaborations with other institutions could be a desirable feature.
  • The center should engage in work that takes advantage of the urban location in Indianapolis and establish partnerships with local community and cultural organizations.

"This initiative has become a key cornerstone of the IUPUI research enterprise, playing an important role in enhancing research and scholarly activity, while fostering the development of research centers that are bringing national and international recognition and visibility," Varahramyan said.

The selected centers are:

  • Center for Civic Literacy

    The mission of the center is to increase scholarly and public understanding of the dimensions of our civic deficit and the effect of that deficit upon democratic decision-making and civil society and to identify, develop and disseminate evidence-based best practices to help educators and others address and correct the problem.

  • Center for Human Papillomavirus Research

    The overall mission of the center is to improve understanding of human papillomavirus transmission and infection, and prevention of HPV infection and its consequences. The center brings together researchers from multiple health and life sciences disciplines. These researchers are engaged in the realization of multiple collaborative projects including transmission and prevention of HPV infection.

  • Center for Pediatric Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Research

    The primary mission of the center is the performance and translation of research in obesity and diabetes prevention among children and adolescents. The center is dedicated to advancing the health of vulnerable populations through internationally recognized obesity and diabetes prevention research focusing on mechanisms of progression from obesity to Type 2 diabetes, defining best practices for obesity/diabetes prevention among youth, and cost-effective translation of the research to the community.

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