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Research & Innovations

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. Sponsored research at IU is big business for Indiana—amounting to almost $1.6 billion over the last five years.

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. In the 2014 fiscal year, IU faculty were awarded more than $476 million in sponsored awards to support research, service, and instructional activities.

  • A recent study determined that IU 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 carrying out the 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

  • More than half a billion dollars of construction is underway or planned to create more research space in the next 10 years.
  • Over the past five years, IU has spent more than $2.5 billion on research.
  • IU research has generated over 2,000 inventions, drafted and filed over 1,900 US patent applications, and launched more than 75 startup companies.
  • IU leads the state in health research. IU and IU Health account for over 100,000 Indiana jobs, one out of every 35 jobs in the state.  IU and IU Health are together the largest employer in the state of Indiana, contributing approximately $11.5 billion in total economic impact.
  • One of the world’s fastest supercomputers, Big Red II, and the high-speed TeraGrid network are just two IT tools we use to analyze massive amounts of data and foster scientific collaboration.
  • Simon Hall and the Jordan Hall Lab are just two of the multidisciplinary science and research buildings on the IU Bloomington campus that have increased IU research space and facilitate collaboration and discovery in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics.