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2017-18 annual report reveals milestone year for research at IU

Dec 14, 2018

It was another record year for research at Indiana University. IU received $604.4 million in external funding for research and creative activities, the second largest total in university history.

But far more important are the extraordinary discoveries and creations of IU faculty and their impact on people in Indiana and around the globe. The IU Annual Report on Research 2017-18 provides brief highlights of some of the critical work accomplished by IU faculty, researchers, students and staff during this milestone year.

A closeup of two hands exchanging a naloxone kit during a training session
As part of its third Grand Challenge, Responding to the Addictions Crisis, IU distributed naloxone kits to the public during an overdose-reversal training event in September 2018.Photo courtesy of the Office of the Vice President for Research

Of particular note is an overview of progress achieved through IU’s three Grand Challenge initiatives – new partnerships, discoveries, community engagement and research, among other activities, that are advancing knowledge regarding some of the most vexing issues of our time. Responding to the Addictions Crisis, the most recent of the Grand Challenge initiatives, was announced in October 2017. It is a $50 million investment in one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive state-based responses to the opioid addiction epidemic.

Other research highlights include:

  • Current New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities projects, such as the Crossroads Project: IUB, which is pursuing new ways to foster understanding of the challenges our state faces from environmental change.
  • The third IU faculty member to be honored as Indiana’s poet laureate, Adrian Matejka.
  • IUPUI Research Trailblazer award winners whose work may lead to better treatments for hepatitis B, HIV and chronic pain.
  • Recipients of Emerging Areas of Research program awards, which provide IU Bloomington faculty teams with up to $3 million to explore significant issues affecting people and communities in Indiana and around the world.
  • The Global Philanthropy Indices, advanced by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI to help equip policy makers, global leaders, news media and the public with a clearer understanding of the global philanthropic landscape.
  • Startup businesses born from the work of IU inventors and with support provided by IU’s Innovation and Commercialization team.
  • A review of IU’s newest National Academy members.

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Lauren Bryant is the associate director for research development communications with the IU Bloomington Office of the Vice Provost for Research.


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