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Discovery is Indiana’s most sound investment. We’re putting our stock in research, and the returns are multiplying. IU researchers are finding new ways to fight and cure disease, protect the environment, and understand the complexities of the universe. IU research is big business for Indiana. We bring in more sponsored research dollars—more than $2.1 billion over the last five years—than all of Indiana’s public and private research universities combined.

Research is Indiana’s newest growth industry. A robust research environment is critical for Indiana’s ability to compete for the jobs of the future. We are harnessing the resources of IU to assist Indiana in its quest to emerge as a major force in the global economy, building on our strengths in research to keep and attract top talent.

IU represents the single largest repository of international expertise in the state, and our faculty are conducting world-class research and transferring their discoveries to the marketplace as never before. IU has consistently brought in more sponsored research dollars than all of Indiana’s public and private research universities combined. In the 2007–08 fiscal year, IU faculty were awarded more than $525 million in sponsored funding to support their research and service activities, up 21% from 2006–07.

  • A recent study determined that IU’s campuses will require construction of 5 million square feet of new research space in Indianapolis and Bloomington over the next two decades to keep up with the university’s growing research mission, especially in the life sciences. The process for developing a master plan for the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses is currently underway.
  • The I-Light network, a joint partnership between IU and Purdue, is the foundation for the state’s cyberinfrastructure, a powerful network made up of high-performance computers, massive data storage systems, visualization facilities, and sensor networks.
Facts At-A-Glance
  • As of the last ranking, IU ranks first in the Big Ten in endowed chairs and professorships.
  • More than half a billion dollars of construction underway or planned to create more research space in the next 10 years, including $44 million from the Lilly Endowment to create a new North Studio Building for the Jacobs School of Music.
  • We received just under $140 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards in 2007.
  • IU received $958 million in external funding for research and teaching over the Inventions and Products
  • IU faculty and staff filed a record-breaking 167 patent applications in 2008.
  • IU research has generated 1,839 inventions, 466 patents, and 34 startup companies.
  • IU leads the state in health research. The 578,000 Indiana jobs tied to the health industry account for $21 billion in wages and $8 billion in federal and state taxes.
  • One of the world’s fastest supercomputers, the IU Data Capacitor, and the high-speed TeraGrid network are just some of big IT tools we use to analyze massive amounts of data and foster scientific collaboration.
  • Simon Hall is the first of two multidisciplinary science and research buildings on the IU Bloomington campus that will increase IU research space and facilitate collaboration and discovery in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics.