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Thursday, March 3, 2011

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18 collaborative projects receive new research funding

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March 3, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University Vice President for Research Jorge Josť has announced that 18 projects involving IU faculty members have been awarded IU Collaborative Research Grants, ranging from $30,000 to $70,000.

The IUCRG program, in its inaugural year, offers seed funding to collaborative projects that cross disciplinary, school, or campus boundaries. More than 160 proposals were received from research teams involving more than 400 IU faculty members. Proposals were reviewed by IU faculty members, who evaluated them on the basis of their excellence, transformative potential, and likelihood for future external funding.

"I am very pleased by the number and quality of proposals we received," Josť said. "It's clear from the response that IU faculty members are deeply interested in new collaborative opportunities. The decisions were difficult, but the reviewers identified and recommended projects with outstanding potential."

Seven of the funded project teams involve researchers from IU Bloomington and IUPUI. The other 11 project teams involve researchers from different schools on the same campus: eight from IUPUI, two from IU Bloomington, and one team from IU Northwest. Overall, seven IUPUI schools (Medicine, Science, Engineering & Technology, Dentistry, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Health & Rehabilitation Sciences) and two IU Bloomington schools (College of Arts and Sciences, Informatics and Computing) are represented among the grant recipients.

"The breadth of projects and collaborations is remarkable, as is the involvement of faculty members at all ranks," Josť said. Almost equal numbers of assistant, associate and full professors are among the 46 faculty members working on IUCRG-funded projects.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie noted the high quality of the proposals as well as the large number of submissions.

"Many of these projects have the potential to produce results that will significantly further our understanding of the world we live in," McRobbie said. "They will do this by leveraging the combined intellectual resources of researchers across a wide variety of disciplines -- an approach that is essential in this era of large, multidisciplinary research grants."

IUCRG recipients will meet early in 2012 to share progress on their work and are required to submit proposals for external funding by September 2012.

Abstracts of projects are available at IUCRG recipients and project titles are:

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