Indiana University is a research institution of the highest order. In FY 2010, IU received more than $600 million in funding for research. Our outstanding faculty are addressing some of the world’s most complex problems, from understanding empathy to improving renewable energy sources. Major research initiatives underway include:
- Build capacity in energy research areas. Energy is the defining issue of the 21st century—not only for the United States, but for the world. Indiana University has tremendous potential to develop a national presence in sustainable energy research by promoting synergistic interdisciplinary and intercampus programs in energy research areas, from fuel cell technology and wind power to energy policy. In order to develop our potential in energy research, IU established in 2010 the IU Energy Institute, a multi-campus partnership designed to enhance collaboration among those at IU engaged in energy research.
- Expand IU’s achievements and reputation in life sciences research, from chemistry to cancer biology to model systems in biological research. We also must consider the broader implications of life sciences research as advances in these areas are raising new questions about what it is to be human, what it means to be a living organism on this planet, and other crucial questions of human values that can be helpfully addressed by those in the humanities and social sciences.
- Pursue the development and support of translational research. Realizing the full research potential of IU requires investments in translational science, a model of research that aims to convert discoveries in the laboratory into products and treatments for improving human health. CTSI fosters such research in partnership with Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.
- Address diverse challenges and opportunities in health informatics and information technologies. IU has unparalleled resources to identify and address opportunities to enhance healthcare and medical sciences through research in health informatics and information technology. Collaborations among researchers in the IU School of Informatics and Computing, the IU School of Medicine, IUPUI School of Engineering, the Maurer School of Law, the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and the Regenstrief Institute are discovering novel approaches to the uses of computing and informatics in healthcare. Among the central loci of these collaborations are the Center for Strategic Health Information Provisioning, which focuses on assessing and enhancing the ethical, lawful availability of health information to improve health outcomes for patients and communities, and the Health Informatics Collaboration of IU, which enables breakthrough research in health informatics by partnering medical practitioners and informatics and computing researchers.
- Enhance technology transfer opportunities for IU faculty. University-based research can stimulate innovation, industry, and employment. Through the IU Research & Technology Corporation (IURTC) and other avenues, faculty leverage research funding to create collaborations and partnerships with industries and the private sector.