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JagStart is an annual elevator pitch competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research that pits contestants against the clock to pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges. Students are invited to submit their ideas for innovative new products, new business ventures, or compelling solutions to social challenges.

Register now to attend one of the offered JagStart Launch Sessions–learn how you can engage with local business mentors to help you refine your idea, and learn how to prepare a great entry!

JagStart Launch Sessions
University Library, UL 1126

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Session 1: 11:30-1pm
Session 2: 1:30-3pm
Session 3: 3:30-5pm

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Session 4: 9-10am
Session 5: 10:30-11:30am
Session 6: 12-1pm
Session 6:1:30-1:30pm

But registration is encouraged, to ensure space is available.

Message from the Vice Chancellor for research

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Internal (IAHI) Grant

Award cycle:
FY 2018-19

Funding available:
varies by category

The IAHI Grant Program 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.

The program has five categories of funding. They are:

  1. 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. Applicants may receive only one award per year.
  2. Event Support Grants: up to $1,000 to support a public event at IUPUI related to a research or creative project. Applicants may receive only one award per year.
  3. Research/Creative Activity Grant: up to $5,000 for travel, equipment, materials, space, hourly assistance, etc. Applicants may apply and receive this grant on a yearly basis.
  4. Matching Grant for Research/Creative Activity: up to $15,000 total project that may be used for things such 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. $10,000 grant, $5,000 school). 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.
  5. 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 things such as release time, summer salary, research assistant support, or a research workshop or conference, as well as incidental expenses. A Collaborative Grant recipient is eligible to apply for a new Collaborative Grant no sooner than two years from the previous grant award. Funding preference in this category will be given to projects that correspond to one of the following themes: Social Justice and the Urban Environment or Global Exchange and a Changing Planet.


Eligible PIs

  • All full-time tenured and tenure-eligible faculty from all schools and units at IUPUI.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Ineligible PIs

  • Visiting faculty members
  • Associate faculty members
  • Postdoctoral fellows



  • See Categories.

Not Allowed

  • 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.

Application requirements

  • All grants are intended for support of research and scholarly activity, 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.
  • An investigator may not serve as PI or Co-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.

Application sections include:

  • Cover page
  • Abstract
  • Project Plan not to exceed five pages
  • References cited
  • Budget and Justification
  • Biographical Sketch or CV not to exceed five pages, include funding history
  • Letters of support from collaborators and department chair
  • IRB, IACUC, and/or IBC forms if applicable

    Categories 1 and 2

    Submission deadlines: Open

    Categories 3, 4, and 5

    Submission deadlines: October 1 and February 1

Ready to apply?! Click here! 

Information from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR)

OVCR offers the Proposal Development and Submission for Humanities Scholars Presentation Series

Beginning on Friday, January 27th, this series of three presentations addresses the value of funded research for career development for faculty working in the humanities. The presentations should give participants a basic understanding of the principles of preparing and submitting funding proposals and will culminate in the start of an actual proposal. Participants are urged to attend all three workshops, and we anticipate that the series will be repeated during fall semester 2017. This series is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) and the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts.

Presentations will include “Preliminary Considerations,” “Top 10 Successes and Blunders,” and “Developing Your Proposal: Turn Ideas into Funding.”

For more details and to register for these sessions, please click here.

IUPUI faculty members receive $85,000 in FORCES funding to commercialize research

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers in the School of IUPUI Logo Engineering and Technology, School of Medicine, and School of Science have received a total of $85,000 in FORCES funding to support the development and commercialization of their work.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research oversees FORCES, or Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success. The initiative has awarded more than $1 million to more than 30 faculty members since 2011.

Kevin Michael Berkopes, a mathematician in the School of Science and director of the Mathematics Assistance Center and Statistics Assistance Center, received $35,000 for “Virtual Learning Spaces: Creating Virtual Spaces for Future Teacher Support and Professional Exam Preparation.” The work could support future mathematics and K-5 general-education teachers.

“This FORCES funding will help researchers from the School of Science and the School of Education collaborate to create high-tech virtual learning spaces,” he said. “The intention is to create a virtual learning space that is embedded in the learning management system canvas and available free of charge to all IUPUI students enrolled in the elementary-education degree path.”

Berkopes founded Crossroads Education through the Spin Up program of the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. to commercialize his work.

“Should the product prove impactful, we intend to apply for funding to investigate our virtual learning space design as something that is exportable to different sectors. We hope that we can research and investigate new technologies for providing quality interactions with mathematical content and to enable collaboration and professional development for current and future teachers of mathematics,” he said.

Dr. Elliot J. Androphy, the Kampen-Norins Professor and chair of the Department of Dermatology at the School of Medicine, received $25,000 for “Evaluation of Novel Compounds for Motor Neuron Disease.” The project will determine whether novel drug-like compounds being developed have activity in a human neurologic disease.

“The funding will allow us to purchase the mouse model of this disease, hire staff and perform experiments,” he said. “If successful, we will apply for additional grants to characterize the mechanism by which these drugs act. It could be advanced into a clinical trial for people afflicted with neurologic disease.”

Andres Tovar, assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Technology, received $25,000 for “Commercialization of a Topology Optimization Algorithm to Design Lightweight, Multi-Functional Components with Optimized Internal Cellular (Porous) Structure.” The project could provide engineering product designers with a tool that automatically synthesizes porous architectures.

“The FORCES funding will facilitate the commercialization of this design algorithm, which was disclosed to IURTC in 2014. The algorithm has also been developed from existing research sponsored by Honda R&D America and the Walmart Foundation,” he said. “The FORCES funding will support the development of an alpha version of the algorithm to make the design tool marketable.”

The next round of applications for FORCES funding are due Sept. 15. Contact Karen White, 317-274-1083, kfwhite@iupui.edu, for information.

About Indiana University Research and Technology Corp.

IURTC is a not-for-profit corporation tasked with the protecting and commercializing of technology emanating from innovations by IU researchers. Since 1997, IU research has generated more than 2,700 inventions resulting in over 3,900 global patent applications being filed by IURTC. These discoveries have generated $133 million in licensing and royalty income, including $111 million in funding for IU departments, labs and inventors.

IUPUI Research Day 2016 | Keynote Presentation by Jon Hamilton, Science Correspondent at NPR News

Jon Hamilton ImageDate: April 8, 2016
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: IUPUI Campus Center

Register here.

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research invites you to the 2016 IUPUI Research Day. This is IUPUI’s Open House celebration of its cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities.

The Research Day events begin in the morning with presentations by the 2016 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award winners, followed by the keynote presentation by Jon Hamilton, Science Correspondent at NPR News. The poster sessions will feature undergraduate, graduate and professional student poster presentations coordinated by the Center for Research and Learning. Faculty research poster presentations highlight the groundbreaking research conducted on the IUPUI campus.

Faculty are invited to participate in Research Speed Networking and the Networking Lunch Conversations. Lunch will be provided so register soon as reservations are first come/first served.

Research Day provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, and their academic, industrial, governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations, and lay the foundation for new partnerships.

Other Research Day activities include poster sessions featuring faculty, postdoctoral fellow, professional student, graduate student, and research staff poster presentations that highlight the groundbreaking research conducted on and beyond the IUPUI campus. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 21st. Research Day attracts hundreds of attendees both internal and external to the campus, and thus would be a great way to promote your research endeavors. For poster abstract guidelines and submission instructions, see this website.

For more information contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at 274-1020 or email ovcr@iupui.edu.


Announcement | Call for 2015 IUPUI Research Day Poster Abstracts

Research Day, April 8, 2016, provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and iupui logostudents, along with their academic, industrial, governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, explore new collaborations, and lay the foundation for new partnerships.

Faculty, postdoctoral fellows, professional students, graduate students, and staff are eligible to submit poster presentations. More info here.

Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts are due Monday, March 21, 2016 by 11:59pm.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission after March 28, 2016.

Presenters will be asked to select:


  • Arts and Humanities; Public and Environmental Affairs; Education, Social and Behavioral Sciences; Informatics, Engineering and Technology; Physical Sciences; Life and Health Sciences; or Imaging

Poster Presentation Session

  • 11:10am to 12:40pm; 1:10pm to 2:40pm; or they can indicate that either session is acceptable


  • Undergraduate Student; Graduate Student; Professional Student; Post Doc Fellow; Faculty; Staff

Center for Research and Learning program or affiliate


More details can be found here.
If you have any questions, please contact Alicia Gahimer at algahime@iupui.edu.


IUPUI faculty invited to apply for FORCES funding to support tech development, commercialization

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis faculty can submit Indiana University-logofunding proposals through March 15 to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to support the development and commercialization of their technology.

Since 2011, more than 30 faculty members have received over $940,000 through two categories of the FORCES (Funding Opportunities for Research Commercialization and Economic Success) initiative. Category A supports projects for the commercialization of inventions, technologies or other intellectual property derived from research projects. Category B promotes the development of research that shows promise for the commercialization of the outcomes.

Category A will fund a project up to $25,000 for six months, and Category B will fund a project up to $35,000 for a year. Budgets may include personnel, equipment, travel, event expenses, books and faculty release time. A faculty member may serve as principal investigator or co-principal investigator for only one proposal during a given round of funding.

Questions about submitting proposals should be addressed to Etta Ward, executive director of research development, emward@iupui.edu, 317-278-8427, or Karen White, research development and commercialization facilitator, kfwhite@iupui.edu, 317-274-1083. Awards will be announced later in the spring.

During the most recent round of funding, three Category A submissions and one Category B submission were funded:

John Turchi, School of Medicine, Class A, $18,837 for “Chemical enhancement of CRISPR/Cas9 mediated site-specific genome engineering.”
Avinash Patil, School of Medicine, Class A, $24,780 for “Quantitative profiling of progesterone metabolites for the prediction of preterm delivery.”
Nicholas Manicke, School of Science, Class A, $25,000 for “Device and method development for bioanalysis by mass spectrometry.”
M. Terry Loghmani, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Class B, $33,314 for “Development of a soft tissue manipulation force quantification device for clinical use.”

Funding: IDOA Project Management Services for the Development and Implementation of an Expressive Arts Program for Long Term Care Facilities

Limited Submission URL: http://limsub.iu.edu/limsub/LimSubDetail.asp?Number=3638Indiana University Logo
IU Internal Deadline: 11/9/2015
IDOA Application Deadline: 12/9/2015

Brief Description:
In order to improve engagement of nursing home residents resulting in improved quality of care and quality of life, the Indiana State Department of Health, Health Care Quality, and Regulatory Commission needs project management services for the development and implementation of an expressive arts program for long term care facilities. The program will be designed to provide education, training, tools, and support for immediate implementation following completion of the expressive arts course. The program will focus on the use of arts through movement, drawing, painting, sculpting, writing, music, or acting as interventions or approaches to help create a sense of content and well-being for residents. The vendor will develop an Expressive Arts Course and an Expressive Arts Train-the-Trainer Course. The end goal of the course will be to provide project leaders with the skills needed to implement expressive arts programs in long term care facilities.

Award Amount:
Award Varies: Each proposal should contain the Respondent’s best terms from a price and technical standpoint. The term of the contract shall be for a period of two (2) years from the date of contract execution. There may be two (2), one-year renewals for a total of four (4) years at the State’s option.

Limitation: One per Indiana University

No more than one proposal per Respondent may be submitted.

To apply for IU Internal competition:
For consideration as an institutional nominee, submit the following documents electronically to limited submission, limsub@iu.edu, by November 9, 2015 for internal coordination. To expedite the review process, we request that investigators who intend to submit a proposal send an email with the intended investigator names/affiliations and proposal title to limsub@iu.edu with the subject line: L0994 Notice of Intent.

  • Project Narrative, not exceeding 2 pages (excluding references and figures).
  • Abbreviated CV, not exceeding 3 pages, or a biosketch for the PI

IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward, emward@iupui.edu, on submissions.

Workshop: Applying for National Science Foundation Funding

Date: November 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM–11:00 AM
Location: University Library, Lilly AuditoriumIUPUI Library

Join the “Ins and Outs of Applying for NSF Funding” workshop from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, in University Library’s Lilly Auditorium. The workshop will provide an overview of the foundation, its mission, its priorities and NSF programs that cut across disciplines. Specific topics include a description of various funding mechanisms and their appropriateness for each career stage, attributes of high-quality proposals, and resources available within the university to support proposal development.

Representatives from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Office of Research Administration and NSF awardees on the IUPUI faculty will focus on how to prepare and submit grant proposals to the NSF. Highlighting the event is a panel discussion by current NSF reviewers who will provide an in-depth look into the peer-review process.