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Resources for Researchers

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development (FAPD) is dedicated to supporting research faculty. This page is a one-stop shop for learning about funds available for research, people who can offer guidance, writing resources and IRB approval.


Intramural grants are available through the University and extramural grants are available via the state, foundations or the federal government. If you are just starting in research or trying to collect pilot data, start by seeking intramural grants, and in some cases, state or foundation grant opportunities. Federal grants often expect some level of pilot data for a successful application.

Intramural Funding Opportunities

Internal Grants Competitions Administered by VPR, OVCR and OVPR
Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

Extramural Funding Opportunities

Federal grants

All federal grants can be searched for at You can also subscribe to listservs to receive notifications regarding specific funding opportunities.

Foundations Directory Online

Grants can also be obtained from foundations supporting research that addresses a specific cause or mission aligned with a particular foundation. Access to 100,000 foundations are available through the directory.


Pivot is a dynamic, comprehensive tool that allows you to search for funding opportunities and potential collaborators around the world. All faculty, staff, and students can access Pivot from any IU workstation or through IU Secure.

NIH Loan repayment grants

LRPs are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or bio-behavioral research careers. 

Grant Writing Resources

Grant Proposal Support and Mentoring

Investigators seeking to improve their grant applications and move their discoveries into successful translational research project can make use of several peer-review opportunities offered by IU School of Medicine and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

NIH Planning Your Grant Application Tips

This site helps with planning and organizing your application, providing information from identifying mechanisms that are the best fit for your research, finding a funding opportunity, getting to know the NIH peer review process, time organization and tips for actually writing the application.

NIH Research Training and Career Development Programs

Explore this website for resources on training program leaders and individuals seeking research support at various career stages. Information can be accessed on career development awards, research training awards, fellowship awards and more.

Grant Writing Workbooks

Workbooks on this site provide guidance on successful grantsmanship. Each workbook begins with a discussion on how to develop and refine a compelling idea.

Grant Writing Workshop for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR)

The centerpiece of the TIGRR workshop is the opportunity for one-on-one mentorship which maximizes the chance of success. TIGRR participants are mentees selected by the review committee. The selected mentees will come prepared to complete at least the specific aims for a grant proposal for submission to the NIH or other funding agency.


Getting started with research can be daunting. It is helpful to seek out people who can serve as collaborators, mentors or just offer guidance as to where to begin. A good first place to learn about potential people who can become collaborators and mentors is within one’s own department. Most departments have Directors or Vice Chairs of Research—typically these leaders can make introductions with key individuals internally within the department and across campus. Additional resources are listed below.

Guide to Collaboration for the Young Scholar

This is an article that offers practical advice for approaching, arranging and managing collaborators.

Team Science Leadership

This is a book chapter that gives an in-depth history and explanation of organizational leadership and how it applies to the concept of team science.

Building and Managing a Research Team

This is an article that provides practical advice for building a diverse and balanced research team as well as how to manage the team once it is created.

NIH Resources for Scientific Workforce Diversity

This page describes NIH efforts to end structural racism in the biomedical research enterprise and links to various resources including those from the Office of Intramural Training and Education

Career Development Consultation

FAPD offers one-on-one career consultations for a variety of needs including career development, promotion and tenure, teaching development, and basic science research.

Publishing Your Work

Many investigators want to turn their research into written work. Here are some tools—on and off campus—that will help you get started (and finish) writing.

Resources to build your bibliography and research your topic 

IU and IU School of Medicine Library Resources

Ruth Lilly Medical Library

IUPUI University Library

Online resources

IUPUI Library Databases

An exhaustive list of multiple by subject databases


Contains over 20 million citations in medicine, nursing, healthcare, basic sciences and other related disciplines.


Abstract and citation database which includes peer-reviewed titles from international publishers, Open Access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications and quality Web sources

Web of Science

Provides bibliographic data, full-length author abstracts and cited references for peer-reviewed journals.

Google Scholar

Provides articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites

Resources to start writing

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD)

NCFDD has many resources focus on writing including writing challenges. IUPUI is an institutional member so all IUSM faculty have access to the NCFDD resources.

Purdue OWL

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) is hosted at Purdue University and offers resources on research, style guides, grammar, mechanics and other topics.

Duke University has some great tips on how to make writing fun!

Nature Masterclasses

Publishing your work

Finding the right journal for your work can be a challenge. Here are some tools for finding the right place for your article.

IUPUI Open Access Fund

Funds available to cover publication costs in open access journals.

Journal Citation Reports (Impact Factors)

Look up an impact factor by journal name or subject.


Search by topic, then analyze results to see journals and authors that publish frequently on the topic

Web of Science

The Analyze feature lets you find what journals publish the most on a given topic.

Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.


All research affiliated with Indiana University must comply with federal, state, and institutional guidelines. Find information on research compliance.

For human subject research

The first step in this process is to complete human subjects training through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program. Note that this training can take several hours to complete.

Next, you need to determine the level of IRB review required. You can determine the level of review needed by following this decision tree or if needed, by speaking to someone in the IRB office.

Before your study can be reviewed by IRB you’ll need to complete a conflict of interest disclosure.

For research involving animals

All animal research, testing, or teaching activities at Indiana University must be thoroughly reviewed before work can begin.

Procedures and forms for getting approval for your study can be found at the Animal Care and Use website.

For work involving biological materials

Research involving recombinant DNA or biohazards requires approval by the Institutional Biosafety Committee.

Preventing research misconduct

Indiana University takes a strong, proactive approach to preserving research integrity and preventing research misconduct. View more training, resources and reporting mechanisms.