New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities 2015-16 Call for Proposals

Since 2005, Indiana University has demonstrated a significant commitment to supporting IU ART MUSEUM LIGHT TOTEMexcellence in the arts and humanities through New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities. Over the past ten years, New Frontiers has provided 750 grants to more than 450 faculty members from all eight IU campuses. I invite you to visit this website for a multimedia retrospective of New Frontiers, where you can learn about some of the ways in which IU faculty have used the resources provided by this program to produce outstanding creative and scholarly work.

President McRobbie has announced that the program will be renewed for another five years. Thanks to his commitment, IU stands ready to continue this investment in our outstanding artists and humanities scholars. I am pleased to bring to your attention the 2015-16 call for proposals, available here.

This year, there will again be four funding mechanisms:

  • New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship: funding of up to $50,000 to assist in the development of innovative works of scholarship or creative activity (deadline October 15)
  • New Frontier Experimentation Fellowship: grants of up to $15,000 to fund the very preliminary stages of new trajectories in research or creative activity (deadlines January 15 and June 15)
  • New Frontiers/New Currents: grants of up to $20,000 to fund workshops, symposia, or small conferences on timely topics featuring major distinguished thinkers (deadlines September 15 and March 1)
  • New Frontiers Exploratory Travel Fellowships: grants of up to $3,000 to support national or international travel for new research or creative projects (deadlines October 15, December 15, February 15, and April 15).

If you have any questions about the New Frontiers program, please read the FAQs or contact

Announcing the Indiana University Grand Challenges Program

We are publishing today on the Vice President for Research website the Request for iu-logoProposals for the first round of Grand Challenge Initiatives and related FAQs.

IU’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, adopted in 2015, calls on the university to tackle “major and large-scale problems” facing humanity that can “only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researchers.”

IU is taking up the challenge. With the exceptional commitment of President Michael A. McRobbie and the leadership of the university, the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses, the School of Medicine, and the IU Foundation, the university has identified $300 million of existing and anticipated funding that can be invested in Grand Challenges over the next five years.

This is the most significant investment in IU’s research infrastructure in the university’s history. It will fund up to five Grand Challenge Initiatives and support the hiring of as many as 175 new faculty and of hundreds of new graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. But most importantly, it will enable IU to expand its efforts to address some of the most critical issues facing local communities and the State of Indiana, as well as the nation and the world.

The RFP provides detailed information about the goals of IU’s Grand Challenges program and the process by which the first initiatives will be determined. There is also a set of FAQs that will provide additional information.

The Grand Challenges program reflects an approach to research and its funding that is new to many of us, and calls on us to think, collaborate, and work in ways that may seem equally novel. Precisely because of its scope and novelty, in many ways the Grand Challenges program is a work in progress. I welcome your feedback (and appreciate your patience), and I hope you will let us know if there are ways we can make the program more effective or efficient.

There are many people and offices that stand ready to assist in the preparation of Grand Challeges proposals. Please don’t hesitate to let my colleagues and me know how we can help. We look forward to working with you to make the most of this significant investment — of time, talent, and funding — in the future of IU and of the communities in which we live and work.

Indiana University recognizes 10 years of New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities funding

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — One of Indiana University’s most prominent efforts to strengthen its long-standing commitment to excellence in the arts and humanities has been the university’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities seed funding program. Initiated in 2004 with the generous support a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant to promote excellence in Indiana, and subsequently renewed by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, New Frontiers has provided over $9.4 million to artists and humanities scholars at IU’s eight campuses.

Now, IU’s Office of the Vice President for Research, which manages the New Frontiers program, and IU Communications in the Office of the Vice President for Engagement have created a multimedia retrospective that looks at the work of nearly 50 of those New Frontiers grant recipients, and at the broader, positive impacts of the program.

“New Frontiers both reflects and has contributed significantly to maintaining the vital role of the arts and humanities here at Indiana University,” said IU Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate.

“Over the past decade we at IU, throughout the state of Indiana and quite literally around the world have been the beneficiaries of the fruits of that commitment — from operas and gallery shows, to award-winning books and internationally recognized art installations,” Cate said. “This retrospective is an effort not just to summarize the New Frontiers program but also to highlight the extraordinary achievements of our artists and scholars.”

The New Frontiers program is designed to assist artists and humanities scholars in one of four ways:

Produce innovative works of scholarship and creative activities.
Provide the seed funding needed for them to venture into new trajectories of work.
Fund academic events hosting major distinguished thinkers.
Support national and international travel in pursuit of new, innovative projects.

The retrospective offers a variety of photographs, images and audio and video files, along with hyperlinks to numerous New Frontiers grant winners and their works. In total, more than 450 IU faculty members have been supported by New Frontiers funding; the retrospective identifies how those scholars and artists were able to better support students, earn additional external funding and successfully conduct community outreach while also producing innovative works of art and scholarship.

In December 2014, IU’s Board of Trustees adopted President Michael A. McRobbie’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University, which included a third five-year investment of $5 million for the New Frontiers seed funding program, allowing for grants to continue to be offered through 2019.

5th Annual Patrick O’Meara International Lecture U.S.-China: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, September 16, 4 p.m.
Whittenberger Auditorium
Indiana Memorial Union
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The Patrick O’Meara International Lecture  by The Honorable Jon M. Huntsman Jr.
The Lecturer
Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. presidents in critical roles around the world, including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador, and most recently, U.S. Ambassador to China.

Twice elected as Utah’s governor, Jon Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the state’s rainy day fund, and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure, Utah was named the best managed state in America and the best state in which to do business.

He currently serves as the chairman of the Atlantic Council and co-founder and honorary co-chair of No Labels, as well as serving on the boards of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, Chevron Corporation, Huntsman Corporation, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Lecture
Patrick O’Meara has been Indiana University’s ambassador to the world. As a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Director of the African Studies Program, Dean of International Programs, and IU’s first Vice President for International Affairs, O’Meara has greatly expanded the range and depth of international activities at IU. The Patrick O’Meara International Lecture celebrates O’Meara’s service to IU and continues his legacy of enriching IU’s international engagement by bringing international thinkers and scholars of note to the campus.

This event is free and open to the public.
No RSVP or tickets are required.

Live-streamed and archived video of the event will be available at
For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs at

Heineman Foundation Seed Money for Start-up and New Projects

Brief Description:
The purpose of the Foundation is to provide seed money to start-up projects and new 227604_w296projects within existing organizations for a maximum of three to five years. The Foundation’s general areas of interest are the following:
· Programs that enable economically challenged women to enter and remain in the workplace
· Environmental research that will help prevent, reduce and/or eliminate water degradation
· Live music performance for education and outreach
· Research into prevention and treatment of childhood illnesses
· Programs that enable youth to think, create, and communicate effectively
· Programs that support and promote high achievement in music, science, and literature

Award Amount:
Grants are funded once a year, following the November board meeting. Multi-year grants are not given. The average range of donations is $20,000 to $50,000, per annum.

The Foundation seeks projects in proximity to their directors. Although applications from other states are not excluded, those applicants (Indiana included) should be aware that their chances to receive funding are remote.

Limitation: One per Indiana University
Do not accept multiple submissions per year from an organization.

To apply for IU Internal competition:
For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission,, by July 1, 2015 for internal coordination. To expedite the review process, we request that investigators who intend to submit a proposal send an email 1 week before the internal deadline with the intended investigator names/affiliations and proposal title to with the subject line: L0954 Notice of Intent.

1. A summary of the project for which you are requesting funding, limited to 400 words.
2. Your project’s budget, and how many years the project has existed.
3. Abbreviated CV, not exceeding 3 pages, or a biosketch for the PI

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward,, on submissions.

IU Internal Deadline: 7/1/2015
Foundation Application Deadline: 9/1/2015

Limited Submission URL:

Indiana University launches search for new vice president for research

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A search committee has been formed to identify candidates for 225910_w296the position of Indiana University vice president for research, the university has announced.

Bernice Pescosolido, Distinguished Professor of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, and David B. Burr, associate vice chancellor for research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will co-chair the 18-member committee. The group includes faculty, administrators and students representing IU’s Bloomington, Indianapolis and regional campuses.

The new vice president will succeed Jorge José, who will step down when his five-year appointment ends July 31, 2015. José will serve as Rudy Professor of Physics at IU Bloomington and a member of the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

To build on the success achieved by José, the committee will conduct an internal search within Indiana University. It will make its recommendations to McRobbie. The university hopes to have a new vice president identified by the time José steps down.

José oversaw an 18 percent increase in federally funded research by Indiana University faculty members in his first four years as vice president for research. The strategic plan for research at IU, the development of which was overseen by his office, helped shape IU’s bicentennial strategic priorities approved by the IU Board of Trustees in December 2014.

He also prioritized efforts to decrease the administrative burden on researchers through increased efficiency, including the implementation of new grants administration software and of an online research compliance review system that greatly reduced turnaround times for research protocols.

Pescosolido, in addition to her Department of Sociology appointment, is director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research. Burr is also a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology in the IU School of Medicine and an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering in the IUPUI School of Engineering and Technology.

The vice president for research works with various university offices, campus leaders and deans to increase and diversify research and creative works at IU, attract external funding and develop public-private partnerships, technology transfer, graduate education and intercampus research opportunities.

In addition to being responsible for research administration and research compliance, the vice president oversees and is responsible for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI.

More information about the search is available online.

Indiana University statement on changes to Religious Freedom Restoration Act

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University expresses its appreciation and support for this clarifying language, which ensures that nothing in the227604_w296will provide legal protection for, or in any way promote or permit, discrimination in any form on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or their race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity or military service. We are grateful for the hard work and good intentions of those who have earnestly labored in recent days to address this problem.

Indiana University asks all Hoosiers to remember that religious liberty and equal protection under the law are both cornerstones of our democracy and they should not be in conflict with each other. Our system of government works best when people of good will come together to reconcile their differences and find common ground.

We are pleased that this has happened in this situation, and it is our hope and expectation that this clarification will now allow all Hoosiers to put this matter behind us and work together to promote a better image and indeed a better future for the State of Indiana.

IU voices concerns over state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, reaffirms commitment to equality

NOTE: Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has issued the following Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbiestatement about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was recently signed into law in Indiana.

“The recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act has brought significant negative attention to the state of Indiana throughout the nation and indeed the world, because the law is widely viewed as signaling an unwelcoming and discriminatory atmosphere in our state.

“While Indiana University hopes that the controversy of the past few days will move the state government to reconsider this unnecessary legislation, the damage already done to Indiana’s reputation is such that all public officials and public institutions in our state need to reaffirm our absolute commitment to the Hoosier values of fair treatment and non-discrimination.

“For its part, Indiana University remains steadfast in our longstanding commitment to value and respect the benefits of a diverse society. It is a fundamental core value of our culture at Indiana University and one that we cherish. Indeed, in 2014 the trustees of Indiana University reaffirmed our commitment to the achievement of equal opportunity within the university.

“To that end, Indiana University will recruit, hire, promote, educate and provide services to persons without regard to their age, race, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status. Equally importantly, we will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of any of these same factors.

“These are not merely words written in a policy and soon forgotten. These are core values by which every member of the Indiana University community is expected to treat his or her fellow colleagues, students and visitors.

“I want to reassure the entire Indiana University community, including our students, faculty, staff and alumni, that each and every one of you is welcome and appreciated for the unique qualities that you bring to our community. We are all better as a result of our shared experiences, as different as those experiences in life may have been.”

Collaborative Research Grants (IUCRG) Available Now

imagesIndiana University is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Collaborative Research Grants program (IUCRG). This opportunity is open to faculty on all Indiana University campuses. The goals of this competition are to facilitate and support outstanding research and cutting edge discoveries by teams of experts who have not worked together previously in the project’s subject matter. Teams should include experts from different campuses, schools, departments, or disciplines. The maximum funding per project will be $75,000.

The intent of this initiative is to support research which will significantly advance a research field and in doing so, impact the lives of Indiana residents, the U.S. and the world. The program as a whole is designed to help increase Indiana University’s competitiveness for external funding involving innovative and transformative research; proposals must therefore include explicit plans for securing external funding for projects extending from the findings of the IUCRG. IUCRG recipients are required to submit a proposal for external funding within 18 months from the date that IUCRG funds are available. Applicants should make explicit their plans for targeting external funding including but not limited to the funding agency, their RFAs, and institute/program.

IUCRG will fund projects in emerging fields of study, innovative or multidisciplinary research with the potential to significantly increase Indiana University’s research competitiveness, reputation and funding. Proposals should fit at least one of the following subject areas:

Social and Behavioral sciences: innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues of local, state, national or international significance; educational research including but not limited to effective approaches to K‐12 STEM education (not curricular development)
Biological and Health Sciences; innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in neuroscience, -omics, biological, biomedical or chemical sciences
Physical, Applied, and Computer Sciences: innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in physical and applied sciences including material sciences, engineering research, or approaches to other areas of research that rely upon innovative uses of technology, engineering, or computer and applied sciences

All proposals should indicate which category or mix of categories from this list of areas best describes the proposed research. Arts and Humanities proposals that do not fit into these categories should be submitted to Indiana University’s New Frontiers seed funding program.

Eligibility: All faculty and staff whose appointments allow them to submit external proposals are allowed to apply. A minimum of two faculty members from different campuses schools or departments, or different disciplines from the same campus must collaborate as co-principal investigators on the proposed project. Projects must be for NEW areas of research for the investigators, within their areas of expertise, but not a continuation of previous or current research activities. Faculty previously submitting together for external funding (NIH, NSF, DOD, etc.) are not eligible unless the IUCRG proposal represents a new area of research, or a new collaborator(s) is added to enhance the breadth of the proposed research.

Deadline: December 3rd, 2014 5 p.m.

Request for Proposals (PDF)

SNAAP at IU presenting unique conference on arts training and the creative workforce

Who are the 3 million arts graduates in America? What do we know about them? What is the state of arts training in higher education today?

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project — a project of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research in collaboration with the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University — is organizing a one-of-a-kind three-day national conference on arts training and the creative workforce.

The event, “3 Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America’s Arts Graduates,” will take place March 7 to 9 at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

The diverse group of speakers will include:

  • Lewis Black (MFA 1977, Yale School of Drama), Grammy Award-winning comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor who will be interviewed by Academy Award-winning playwright and lyricist Willie Reale.
  • Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, author of “The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City” (Princeton University Press, 2007), which has received attention in publications such as the Economist, Time, Forbes, The New Yorker, the Village Voice, National Public Radio and The New York Times.
  • Douglas Dempster, dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and advocate of accountability in higher education.
  • James Heartfield, British journalist and author of numerous acclaimed publications, including The Creativity Gap.
  • Samuel Hoi, president of Otis College of Art and Design and chair of the board of United States Artists.
  • Sunil Iyengar, director of the Office of Research and Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • Ann Markusen, author of numerous publications on the arts and director of the Arts Economy Initiative and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
  • Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein, authors of the path-breaking book “Sparks of Genius: The Thirteen Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People.”
  • R. Keith Sawyer, author of 12 books, including “Group Genius” and “Explaining Creativity,” and over 80 scientific articles.

According to Steven J. Tepper, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Public Policy and Enterprise at Vanderbilt and the conference organizer, “The conference should be required attendance for anyone who is involved in arts training and supporting artistic careers; it will also have much to offer artists, researchers and others who share a broad interest in the 21st-century creative workforce.”

Registration is now open at The deadline for discounted hotel accommodation is Feb. 1.

Support for this event comes from the Surdna Foundation through its leadership grant for SNAAP.

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project investigates the educational experiences and career paths of arts graduates nationally via an annual survey, and provides findings to educators, policymakers and the general public.