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New IU internal grants application tool for faculty to debut in August

July 11, 2016

As part of IU’s ongoing commitment to supporting faculty members’ research, scholarship and creative activity, associate vice president for research development and strategic initiatives Faith Kirkham Hawkins has announced implementation of a new, comprehensive application and management system for internal university grant competitions.

Those grant competitions include IU’s Grand Challenges program, the IU Collaborative Research Grants, the New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities program, the new IU Bloomington Emerging Areas of Research program, and campus-specific grants at IU Bloomington and IUPUI.

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Faith Kirkham Hawkins, associate vice president for research development and strategic initiatives | PHOTO BY ERIC RUDD, IU COMMUNICATIONS

"This new platform will allow us to streamline the internal grants submission process for our faculty, enabling them to focus more time on carrying out their research and creative activities,” Hawkins said. “We’re replacing a system that was quite dated with one that will make things easier for applicants, reviewers and staff in the various research offices that administer these internal funding programs."

The InfoReady competition management system, which replaces the eDoc Lite Online Application system at IU Bloomington, has been adopted for internal grants management by numerous universities, including the University of Michigan, Drexel University and the University of Vermont.

InfoReady provides faculty and others at IU applying for internal grants with a centralized portal that allows easy electronic application and submission. It also allows for online peer-review of proposals and gives applicants the ability to review a history of all the proposals they have created, saved and routed via InfoReady.

Hawkins said she expects a smooth transition to the new system within IU, which will offer the same InfoReady application interface to users across all campuses. The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI has been using InfoReady for submission and review of internal grant proposals since 2015.

“Previously, faculty members at IUPUI submitted proposals to campus-specific competitions by email and to university-wide competitions using eDoc Lite, which was somewhat clunky for applicants, reviewers and staff,” Hawkins said. “Now we’ll have a single system, and a faculty member need only create a single profile that will be used for both campus-specific and university-wide internal funding opportunities."

InfoReady will be ready for use in August 2016. The first major internal funding programs to use the new system are IUPUI’s EMPOWER program, with an application deadline of Sept. 7, 2016, and IU Bloomington’s Emerging Areas of Research Program, which has a final application due date of Sept. 9, 2016.

Development of an streamlined internal grants submission process aligns with several priorities in the university's Bicentennial Strategic Plan, including a celebration of IU's community of scholars.

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