2015-19 Bicentennial Report

The past five years have been a time of significant growth in IU's research infrastructure, funding, and reputation.

A few of the accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students are highlighted here, a small demonstration of the hugely important role that IU research — and IU researchers — play not only in advancing the mission of the university but also in improving the lives of people in Indiana and around the world.

As we mark IU's Bicentennial, we pause to honor the remarkable achievements of our faculty, staff, and students, but we also celebrate our many partners and the countless lives enhanced every day by IU's research.

Fred Cate's signature

Fred H. Cate
Vice President for Research
Distinguished Professor and
C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law

FY2019 – a record-setting year

$680.2 millionin external funding received for research and other activities

$208.3 millionreceived in nongovernmental grants

$378.1 millionin federal grants and contracts

$234.9 millionin funding from the National Institutes of Health

IU's first Grand Challenge, the Precision Health Initiative, has made important, life-changing progress in helping patients.

  • In precision genomics clinics, PHI researchers are exploring the structures of tumors; the Pediatric Precision Genomics clinic, for example, enabled IU researchers to test the DNA of every child at IU Health with aggressive or relapsed sarcomas and identify a treatment in more than 90 percent of cases.
  • For the first time, adult cancer patients in Indiana received CAR T-cell therapies, which re-engineer a patient's T-cells to kill cancer.
  • Thousands of Hoosiers across 40 counties now have a voice in their health care thanks to the PHI Person to Person interview study, enabling care to be tailored to their unique needs.
  • LIFE Extend is the first app to place personalized medicine in the hands of every Hoosier with a smartphone. It was created in partnership with ALL IN for Health.
  • Launched a first-of-its-kind study of black women with breast cancer to inform efforts to improve treatment outcomes.
  • Tailored treatments for Indiana mothers previously diagnosed with gestational diabetes to prevent progression to Type 2 diabetes in a phase-two study.

Prepared for Environmental Change and the IU Environmental Resilience Institute are delivering targeted data and actionable solutions to Indiana communities to combat the consequences of our changing environment.

  • Launched the Hoosier Resilience Index, a tool that provides climate change impact information specific to each Hoosier city, town, and county, including which risks may be the most harmful.
  • Partnered with the EPA to launch the Environmental Resilience Institute Toolkit, a digital resource to help Midwestern region combat the negative impacts of climate change.
  • Conducted statewide Hoosier Life Survey on public attitudes toward environmental change to inform policies and strategies specific to Indiana.
  • Launched a free, Indiana-specific webinar series in partnership with the Association of Indiana Counties and Accelerate Indiana Municipalities to help local government leaders and residents understand climate change.
  • Funded the Indiana Environmental Reporter, an independent reporting organization providing journalism on state environmental issues.
  • Produced In This Climate, a podcast focused on climate-related problems and solutions around the world.
  • Equipped 152 birds with GPS devices to study how environmental change is affecting migration, which may help forecast how change in one part of the world impacts another
ERI Research Fellow Alex Jahn outfits a bird to study its migration patterns.

Confronting the addiction crisis alongside 130 partners throughout Indiana University

Use the map below to learn more about our partnerships throughout the state.

Expanding Clinical Training

Conducting Public Health Research & Developing Policy Recommendations

Improving Access to Prevention, Treatment & Recovery Services

Partnering with Harm Reduction Organizations

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Outstanding Faculty

260internal grants to arts and humanities faculty on every IU campus from 2015-19, totaling slightly more than $5 million

8faculty named fellows of American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2015

18faculty named fellows of American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2015

923patents issued for IU inventions since 2015

IU is acquiring the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation to advance the use of AI across diverse research fields.

Biometrics and AI

User authentication and identity management are the first line of defense for cyber-systems. Compromises in user credentials and authentication contribute to frequent data breaches with serious consequences for government organizations, companies, and individuals. A research team at IUPUI, led by Xukai Zou, associate professor of computer and information science, is conducting cutting-edge research on fundamental security/privacy issues by integrating advanced deep-learning techniques and secure biometric recognition methods. Zou and his colleagues have demonstrated that their system can defend against malicious attacks, as well as offer universal identity management and "single sign-on" across multiple platforms. This research is supported by a Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation.

Research partnerships

In today's complex world, research partnerships are crucial to protecting America, both its many citizens and the nation itself. Indiana University continues to build such partnerships, contributing to research at the highest levels in regenerative medicine, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, trusted microelectronics, hypersonics and high-performance modeling, and quantum science. Highlights of IU research in these fields include

  • Robust and expanding relationships with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, include PhD fellowships, graduate fellowships, SMART Scholars, postdoctoral fellows, Crane employees pursuing doctoral degrees at IU, and 10 active research partnerships.
  • IU researchers such as Chandan Sen, IU's first associate vice president for military and applied research, are finding new ways to heal burns, address diabetic complications, and treat injured soldiers through regenerative medicine, regrowing damaged and diseased tissue.
  • The large Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium, co-led by IU School of Medicine and others, involves student athletes and cadets from 30 U.S. universities and military service academies, is changing how concussion is treated nationally and in the military.
  • The newly established Language Training Center at the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, deepens critical knowledge and awareness for U.S. Department of Defense personnel.
  • DoD Minerva Research Initiative awards to IU informatics experts for work that will improve our basic understanding of security, broadly defined.