This page lists all Indiana CTSI funded proposals currently accepting applications. Clicking on the RFA title will provide you with further details for that mechanism. The “Click here to start a submission” link at the bottom of each RFA will take you to the CTSI grants system (which requires login) and allows you to start the application process. The “Return to your submission” link at the bottom of each RFA will take you to the CTSI grants system (which requires login) and allows you to return to an application that you have already started (once your account has been created if you are a new user).

The CTSI also has several resources to assist you as you plan your submission to any of the RFAs below:
  • CTSI designated Service Cores
  • Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design assistance
  • Project Development Teams


  • ALL OPEN RFAs


    Dr. Charles Fisch Cardiovascular Research Award

    Full Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

    Indiana University School of Medicine announces the availability of Dr. Charles Fisch Cardiovascular Research Award to support cardiovascular research for young investigators or more senior investigators, embarking on a new research direction.

    Applicants may request up to $60,000 total, although particularly meritorious proposals that have well-justified budget needs as high as $100,000 may be considered.

    Successful proposals will demonstrate scientific merit and a potential for generating extramural funding. In addition, prioritization will be given to those projects that utilize more than one IU Health hospital or facility for leveraging existing patient popluations or clinical programs and/or projects that will potentially lead to improvements in the quality of care for IU Health patients.

    Applicants must have an Indiana University faculty appointment in the Department of Cardiology, Department of Medicine to apply for research program support. Clinical fellows and postdoctoral researchers in the Division of Cardiology may apply for research fellowship support under a faculty member in the Division of Cardiology.

    Contact Information: Lindsey Samboy, lsamboy@iu.edu

    Files for Investigators


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    Symposium, Workshop, and Conference Funding Program RFA

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE – OPEN

    The Indiana CTSI symposium, conference and workshop funding program is intended to facilitate sharing of ideas and findings in face-to-face discussion environments. The proposed symposium should include a translational research focus. The Indiana CTSI symposium program is specifically established to support presentation of new information to researchers in the Indiana CTSI that will establish research connections and lead to new research communication forums and ongoing collaborations. The application should describe how the proposed symposium will meet these goals.


    Submission Checklist


    1. Scientific symposia includes a translational component lead in part by full-time faculty (Assistant Professor/Scientist or above).
    2. Requested support does not exceed $1,500. Please note: funds are not available to cover refreshments or entertainment expenses.
    Contact Information: icreate@iu.edu / 317-278-2822

    Files for Investigators


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    CHeP Trailblazer Award

    Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: April 23, 2018 emailed to chep@iupui.edu
    Full Submission Deadline: May 25, 2018

    The Indiana CTSI CHeP is soliciting proposals for collaborative research projects focused on topics that affect health equity, including but not limited to reducing substance misuse through innovative community-driven prevention approaches. Awards will be up to $25,000.

    These projects are to pursue one or both of the following:
  • (1) To implement research that has the potential to identify or reduce health or health care inequities or
  • (2) To perform a needed evaluation of an existing health-related program that has the potential to affect health equity.

    Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how the proposed project incorporates core elements of community-based participatory research. There must be both 1) a university partner and 2) a community partner for the project, both partners must currently work in an Indiana-based institution or organization.

    Contact Information: Gina Claxton gclaxton@iu.edu

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  • CHeP Firestarter Award

    Letter of Intent (LOI) Deadline: April 23, 2018
    Full Submission Deadline: May 25, 2018

    The Indiana CTSI CHeP is soliciting proposals for the development of community-university partnerships to co-design collaborative initiatives to address health, health equity or social determinants of health (SDOH). The award can be used to establish, strengthen or expand community-university partnerships. Awards will be up to $5,000.

    Applicants must explain how they plan to build a partnership with the award and describe the short and long-term goals of the partnership for co-designing collaborative initiatives to address health, health equity or SDOH. There must be at least one university-based partner and one community-based partner. All partners must currently work in an Indiana-based institution or organization.

    Contact Information: Gina Claxton gclaxton@iu.edu

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    Biomedical Research Grant (BRG)

    Full Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

    The Biomedical Research Grant program is open to all IU School of Medicine (IUSM) faculty that are full-time, regardless of tenure status, having an appointment of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and Assistant/Associate/Full Scientist. In general, two categories of research projects will benefit from this program: 1) research projects of investigators new to IUSM who do not yet have extramural funding and who need support to acquire the preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding; 2) research projects of established IUSM investigators who are between funding periods from extramural sources.

    Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one (1) year duration.

    Contact Information: icreate@iu.edu

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    Research Enhancement Grant (REG)

    Full Submission Deadline: May 1, 2018

    The IUSM Research Enhancement Program is designed to stimulate research productivity at the statewide Centers for Medical Education (regional campuses) including the Bloomington Medical Sciences Program. All full-time Center/Medical Sciences faculty, regardless of tenure status, having an appointment of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor or Assistant/Associate/Full Scientist at time of submission, are eligible to apply for a Research Enhancement Grant. Primary appointment must be in the School of Medicine. Faculty in visiting ranks are not eligible for funding through this mechanism.

    Applications are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $50,000 and be limited to one (1) year duration.

    Contact Information: icreate@iu.edu

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    Indiana Drug Discovery Alliance (IDDA)

    Full Submission Deadline: June 4, 2018

    The Molecular Therapeutics Program (MTP) within the Indiana CTSI created the Indiana Drug Discovery Alliance (IDDA) as a mechanism to foster and encourage collaboration across the Indiana CTSI partner institutions (IU, Purdue, Notre Dame and IBRI) and to initiate or continue translational research projects that have very strong and immediate potential to develop into larger, externally funded research programs, or generate novel intellectual property (IP). Critical research proposal feedback will be provided from the team of experienced industry and academic experts within our internal advisory committee as well as through ad hoc, project-specific pharmaceutical expert reviewers. Applicants must be full-time researchers (tenure, tenure-track, research faculty or Postdoc (will require letter of support from the primary faculty mentor and the department chair) within the Indiana-CTSI member institutions.

    Funds are available up to $15,000 per project but budget and budget justification are not required at the time of submission. Funded projects will be developed in consultation with the internal advisory committee.

    Contact Information: Padma Portonovo pportono@iupui.edu

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    Indiana – Purdue Addiction Care Technologies (InPACT) Award

    Full Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018

    The proposed effort between the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Purdue University College of Engineering aims to develop addiction care technologies that are well-suited not only for the deterrence and monitoring of vulnerable patient populations in clinical settings, but also the rapidly-increasing opioid epidemic on the streets.

    Applications to this program are limited to faculty from the IU School of Medicine and the Purdue College of Engineering with a total budget of $100,000 ($50,000 per campus). Proposed projects must have (at least) one principal investigator from each of the sponsoring affiliates (IUSM, Purdue) for this program. Awards are for 12 months (one year) in duration.

    Notification of Intent to Submit should be sent to: icreate@iu.edu

    Contact Information: icreate@iu.edu

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    Devices Advancing Surgical & Interventional Care

    Full Submission Deadline: June 1, 2018

    The goal of this RFA is to develop potential devices in the broad areas of surgery and surgical intervention. Investigators are encouraged to propose innovative ideas that can result in a device that improves human health. To this end, successful collaborations will involve at least two investigators from two different Indiana CTSI campuses representing surgical and/or interventional expertise with human patients and device expertise.



    Awards will be competitive and may not exceed $100,000 total for up to two (2) years

    Contact Information: icreate@iu.edu

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