Funding Opportunity | Capital Projects Grant

The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc., supports charitable organizations that promote or preserve the Arts and Humanities. Capital Projects Grants are one-time, specific undertakings. Amounts awarded and time periods vary widely and depend on the scope of the project.

The Foundation will only review three requests for Indiana University. To apply to the IU internal competition or for more details, click here. The internal application deadline is March 1, 2018.

Funding Opportunity | Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation

Lilly Endowment, Inc., (LEI) has issued a request for proposals for compelling projects designed to strengthen Indianapolis’s cultural vitality. Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation is designed to enhance the quality of life in Indianapolis; bolster Indianapolis’ image as a desirable place to live, work, play and visit; and foster a creative, energized and forward-thinking community. As part of Strengthening Indianapolis Through Arts and Cultural Innovation, we encourage organizations to generate creative new ideas that enhance the community’s quality of life and benefit those who live, work and play in Indianapolis. We welcome ideas of all sizes (from $7,500 to $10 million) that meet the parameters outlined in this invitation.

Because all proposals to LEI from Indiana University must be approved by President McRobbie, we will use the Limited Submissions process to accept, review, and select ideas for submission in response to this opportunity. Those interested in applying should carefully review the RfP for details about LEI priorities, interests, and guidelines.

Only one application will be accepted per institution. To apply to IU’s internal competition or to learn more, click here. The deadline for applications is February 23, 2018.

Four-Year Funded PhD Position: The Anthropocene Household

Mississippi River SystemThe Anthropocene Household Project is currently accepting applications for a four-year funded PhD position. The application deadline is March 15, 2018.

The Anthropocene Household Project explores the Anthropocene at the local level by focusing on the household as an essential element to understanding the day-to-day lived experiences, knowledges, and practices associated with environmental change. The purpose of this project is threefold: 1) to work with communities to produce local narratives and understanding about water specifically, and the environment more generally; 2) to develop new approaches to interdisciplinary, community-based research grounded; and 3) to develop, synthesize, and analyze quantitative and qualitative data sets that generate actionable knowledge relevant for policy makers, community organizations, residents, and scholars.

This interdisciplinary project uses a Participation Action Research framework, working with residents, community organizations, neighborhood groups, schools etc. as co-producers of knowledge. PhD students working on this project will be trained in mixed methods approaches, including surveys, participant observation, focus groups, interviews, and oral histories. Moreover, they will be trained in community-based research collaboration practices and ethics.

As an applied PhD program, students will pursue both a course of traditional coursework and a four-year, community engaged research assistantship based at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute (IAHI).

In the first two years of the program, the PhD student will take the required core courses in the PhD program, which will be supplemented with relevant courses in disciplines including environmental studies, geography, history, and anthropology. While taking coursework, the PhD student will be employed as a research assistant at the IAHI. This research assistantship is the centerpiece of the program and replaces the role that teaching assistantships often play in graduate programs. Through their internship, the student will develop relevant technical skills in participant observation, interviews, oral histories, exhibition and program design, and community engagement. They will also have the opportunity to co-author publications and grants with the project team as well as present at conferences. In years three and four, the student will pursue research that culminates in the doctoral research project.

For more information or to apply, visit the Rivers of the Anthropocene website.

Request for Proposals: RISE to the IUPUI Challenge/ePortfolio Initiative Curriculum Development Grant

The RISE Program and the ePortfolio Initiative have announced continuing collaboration that will offer two grants of up to $5,000 to support the development of RISE courses that include reflective electronic portfolios, including electronic Personal Development Plans (ePDPs), as integral components. RISE experiences and ePortfolios are a natural partnership: the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative aims to engage undergraduate students more deeply in their learning and to contribute to their intellectual, professional, and personal development; ePortfolios, which have recently been recognized as a high-impact educational practice in their own right, have similar aims.

These grants are intended to increase course offerings that respond to the RISE to the IUPUI Challenge, expand the use of ePortfolios and ePDPs across the campus, and ensure that students derive maximum benefit from both.

RISE courses must include qualified experiences, integration of knowledge, and structured reflection to link the experience with targeted learning outcomes, and assessment as outlined below. ePortfolios are ideal sites for reflection and integration of learning. These courses will be distinctive because they will thoughtfully and systematically integrate ePortfolios and experiential learning to prepare students for graduate school, careers, and global citizenship.

Full-time faculty members (including full-time lecturers) from all academic units at IUPUI are welcome to apply. Support of department Chair or Dean must be demonstrated in application materials.

For more information, visit the RISE Initiative website.

IUPUI Arts & Humanities Grant Deadline is February 15!

The IUPUI Arts & Humanities Grant deadline will be here sooner than you think. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get your application together. Here’s what you need to know to get started . . .

The IAHI Grant Program supports campus-wide attainment of excellence in research and creative activity in arts and humanities. It is designed to enhance the research and creative activity mission of IUPUI by supporting research projects and scholarly activities that are conducted by arts and humanities faculty. The program is intended to stimulate existing and new research and creative activity and to support faculty in becoming competitive in securing external funding and sponsorship.


All full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty from all schools and units at IUPUI are eligible to apply. Under certain circumstances, non-tenure-track faculty members whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity may also be eligible with an explanation in the letter of support from their chair or dean.

Visiting and associate faculty members and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible.

An associate member (or non-eligible member) of the IUPUI faculty can be a participant in a grant in collaboration with a PI who is an eligible member of the IUPUI faculty.


All grants are intended for support of research and scholarly activity, and not for support of teaching and/or service activities. Scholarship of teaching may be supported under this grant program, if it has strong and clearly articulated research outcomes.

Projects will be limited to one (1) year in duration.

Funds will not be granted for a project currently supported by another internal funding mechanism, unless a case is made in justifying the complementary funding.

An investigator may not serve as PI on more than one IAHI grant proposal in a given round.

Applications will be judged on the merit of the proposed research or creative activity, qualifications of the applicant, significance of the research to the field, the potential for additional external funding, and the project’s importance to the individual’s future research plans. Applications for new projects are encouraged.


A. Small Travel Grants for Conferences and Exhibitions: up to $500 to support travel to a conference or exhibition related to a research or creative project.

B. Event Support Grants: up to $1,000 to support a public event at IUPUI related to a research or creative project.

C. Research/Creative Activity Grant: up to $5,000 for travel, equipment, materials, space, hourly assistance, etc. This grant does not require a match. A grant recipient may apply and receive this grant on a yearly basis.

D. Matching Grant for Research/Creative Activity: up to $15,000 which might be used for such things as release time, summer salary, research assistant support, or a research workshop or conference, as well as incidental expenses. This grant requires a 1 to 2 match from the school, department, and/or center sponsoring the faculty (i.e. two thirds or 66.67% of funds come from IAHI, and one third or 33.33% from the faculty’s unit). Salary requests are allowed and cannot exceed one month of salary per person. A Matching Grant recipient is eligible to apply for a new Matching Grant no sooner than two years from the previous grant proposal submission.

E. Collaborative Grant for Research/Creative Activity: up to $30,000 to support research projects and scholarly activities that are conducted by a team of two or more arts and humanities faculty from different units on campus. Funds might be used for such things as release time, summer salary, research assistant support, or a research workshop or conference, as well as incidental expenses. This grant does not require a match from the school, department, and/or center of applying faculty. Funding preference in this category will be given to projects that correspond to one of the following themes: a) Social Justice and the Urban Environment, b) Communication and Exchange in the Digital Age

Click here to learn more or apply for a grant.


Greening IUPUI Grant now available

From Sustainability at IUPUI:

All IUPUI students, faculty, and staff are welcome to apply for a Greening IUPUI Grant. Greening IUPUI Grants are awarded one time per year to projects that further campus sustainability efforts. IUPUI dedicates a total of $50,000 annually to fund these projects. Applications are open now and will be accepted through February 1.

Proposals should focus on areas like planning and administration; academic; campus engagement; public engagement; operations; and health and wellness. They will be evaluated based on the potential improvement of IUPUI’s STARS score; long-term impact for IUPUI; high-impact learning experiences; visibility; student involvement; reasonable timeline and feasibility; and financial considerations. The full guidelines are available here, and you can preview the application here.

For more information or to apply, click here.

IUPUI Limited Submissions Funding Opportunity from the NSF

View the full limited submission listing on the IU Research Gateway. The internal deadline is January 8, 2018.

The American National Election Studies (ANES) produces high quality data from its own surveys on voting, public opinion, and political participation. The mission of the ANES is to inform explanations of election outcomes by providing data that support rich hypothesis testing, maximize methodological excellence, measure any variables, and promote comparisons across people, contexts, and time. The ANES serves this mission by providing researchers with a view of the political world through the eyes of ordinary citizens.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has helped to support this enterprise since 1970. During this period, the survey has been conducted primarily using a face to face design where trained interviewers go into households to conduct their interviews. In addition to face to face surveys, ANES has conducted mode comparisons using random digit dialing (RDD) and, in recent years, web-based platforms. ANES has also conducted several other enhancements. For instance, several panel studies have been conducted including a 29-wave panel study conducted around the 2008 election. Other innovations have included oversamples of African Americans, oversamples of Hispanics with the instrument translated into Spanish and surveys conducted by bi-lingual interviewers, experimentation with new instrumentation, and recruitment of respondents.

Two awards will be made from the ANES Competition. Only one application will be accepted per institution. Funding for both awards is anticipated to be $11,500,000, pending the availability of appropriations.

To apply for the IU internal competition, see the limited submission listing on the research gateway. The internal deadline is January 8, 2018.

IUPUI Limited Submissions Funding Opportunities from the NEA

From the Office of the Vice President for Research:

The following limited submissions funding opportunities are currently accepting applications.

NEA Art Works

This opportunity shares a limitation with the NEA Challenge American Program. The internal deadline is January 8, 2018.

Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Applications are encouraged for artistically excellent projects that celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage; invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups; and enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society.

NEA Challenge America

This opportunity shares a limitation with the NEA Art Works Program. The internal deadline is January 8, 2018.

The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small- and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Age alone does not qualify a group as underserved; at least one of the underserved characteristics noted above must be present. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

For a list of more upcoming deadlines, visit the Limited Submissions section of the IU Research Gateway.

IUPUI Center for Study of Religion and American Culture receives Lilly Endowment grant

View the original article from the IUPUI Newsroom.

Round-table conference hosted by the IUPUI Center for Study of Religion and American Culture

There can be a sense of isolation for young professors teaching classes about religion in North America. They come out of graduate programs to begin their careers at small colleges or universities as the school’s sole instructor on the subject. Their professional outlook, and maybe even their personal well-being, would be greatly enhanced by a postgraduate peer group.

IUPUI offers just that in its Young Scholars in American Religion program through the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts. And through a recent $1.15 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the program will continue benefiting those just-starting-out scholars for the next five years.

“This gives them a community. Together they will work on issues related to scholarship, teaching, career goals, how to get promoted and tenured, how to get along with difficult colleagues, and life/work balance — and that group will stay close for the rest of their careers,” said Philip Goff, Chancellor’s Professor of American Studies and Religious Studies and the center’s director since 2000. “A lot of these people don’t know each other until they meet that first time in Indianapolis, and they become best friends by the end.”

More than 160 faculty have gone through the program, which began in 1991 and has been funded by Lilly since 2002. Each installation of the program is composed of 10 to 12 new faculty paired with two senior mentors; they meet four to five times over two years. Admission is highly competitive, with only about 10 percent of applicants accepted.

“New faculty members stepping into their first teaching posts face several professional challenges as they work to balance teaching and research responsibilities,” said Christopher L. Coble, Lilly Endowment’s vice president for religion. “The Young Scholars in American Religion program has established an excellent track record in providing mentors to younger faculty to help them make this transition.”

“The program not only helps young faculty survive — it helps them thrive,” Goff said. “And they continue to turn to each other for good advice.”

In addition to maintaining the Young Scholars in American Religion program, the grant from Lilly Endowment will also fund several more years of the Center’s biennial conferences on religion and American culture.

Held every June in odd-numbered years, the two-day conferences bring together scholars across various disciplines. Speakers sit three at a time at a round table in the center of a room with risers all around it for the other conference attendees. They are given a question in advance and allowed ten minutes to offer their comments; then the discussion continues in the audience for the next hour.

“We purposely tried to remake the academic conference,” Goff said. “We avoided multiple sessions where people go in different directions. Everyone’s together in the same room for each discussion for several days, so the conversation builds. There’s a lot of cross-fertilization of ideas — it’s intense.

“It has quickly taken on an aura. At traditional conferences where speakers deliver papers, people talk about the ‘Indianapolis way,’ commenting on how IUPUI does things differently. We try to promote a culture of conversation.”

IU Collaborative Research Grants

The 2017-18 Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants program is now accepting proposals through 5pm on January 18, 2018. Click here for full application details.

The IUCRG program is a university-wide program designed to jump-start revolutionary research projects that stand outside disciplinary bounds. It encourages new faculty collaborations across traditional disciplinary, campus, school, or departmental boundaries.

Teams will include experts from a minimum of two and a maximum of five different disciplinary areas. The maximum funding per project is $75,000. IUCRG recipients are required to apply for external funding within 18 months from the date that IUCRG funds are disbursed.