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Monday, June 21, 2010

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IU Bloomington faculty receive financial boost from campus for research

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June 21, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University faculty seeking funding from large external agencies are receiving a crucial boost from seed funding provided by IU Bloomington's Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR).

The Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) enables faculty to pursue research that will lead to more ambitious projects likely to attract external funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In this year's FRSP competition, nearly 60 applications were submitted. A final 13 awards were granted, totaling $733,500 in funds.

"This year's FRSP projects are exceptional examples of collaborative research efforts that have strong potential to attract major funding for research on this campus," said Sarita Soni, vice provost for research. "Today, as federal agencies are shifting their funding to support more large-scale, interdisciplinary investigations, these creative team-based projects are sure to be reviewed well."

Previous FRSP grant recipients have leveraged internal campus funds to generate millions in external funding. From 2007 to 2009, the FRSP program attracted nearly $42 million in external awards.

The disciplines included among this year's recipients range from anthropology and education to chemistry, computing, and neuroscience. Brian O'Donnell and a team of collaborators from IU Bloomington's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences will use new brain imaging and mathematical methods to map connections within the human brain and study brain disorders associated with altered connectivity.

"The approach to visualizing the brain network that our group will be using has potential to advance our understanding of severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia and autism," says O'Donnell, a professor of psychology. "We're very excited about getting this project moving forward with FRSP support."

A complete list of 2010 FRSP recipients is available at

For inquiries about the program or to speak with Soni or any of the grant recipients, please contact Donna Carter at

About the Office of the Vice Provost for Research

The Indiana University Office of the Vice Provost for Research is dedicated to supporting ongoing faculty research and creative activity, developing new multidisciplinary initiatives, and maximizing the potential of Indiana University faculty to accomplish pathbreaking work. For more information, visit

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