The Office of the Vice President for Research supports centers, institutes, and museums that provide special environments for research and other scholarly activities.
Research Centers and Institutes at Indiana University provide opportunities for sustained and focused research in areas outside the boundaries of traditional academic departments. Such Centers and Institutes help to facilitate the highest quality of inter- and multi-disciplinary research around themes that involve researchers from multiple units across disciplines, departments, schools and campuses.
There are three types of Research Centers and Institutes at Indiana University, distinguished by academic affiliation and administrative oversight. School Research Centers and Institutes, whose membership is drawn exclusively or primarily from one school, are approved by and report to the Dean of that school. Campus Research Centers and Institutes, whose membership is drawn from the faculties of multiple schools on a campus, are approved by the Provost or Chancellor and the Vice President for Research, and report to the chief research officer of a campus. University-wide Research Centers and Institutes, whose membership is drawn from the faculties of multiple schools and campuses, are approved by and report to the Vice President for Research. Administrative leaders work with Research Centers and Institutes to provide appropriate support so as to facilitate outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity within Research Centers and Institutes.