Transformative Research

Discovery. Creativity. Innovation.

Through IU 2030, Indiana University—in collaboration with industry and community partners—will pursue innovative and transformative research and creative activity as a crucial societal and economic outcome of IU’s academic excellence.

IU's targeted and strategic investments will yield groundbreaking discovery, the advent of new industries, and awe-inspiring cultural and creative endeavors that better the world.

IU will further this work throughout the university and with our statewide, national, and international partners.


To advance the shared goals and objectives in service of Pillar Two: Transformative Research and Creativity, IU will:

  • Lead and drive the state of Indiana’s research and development ecosystem, building on key strengths in human-centered disciplines, health sciences, and STEM.
  • Demonstrate significant growth in research productivity in pursuit of high-impact research and creative activity to improve the lives of people in Indiana, throughout the nation, and around the world.
  • Prioritize research and creative activity that yield disclosure and licensing of inventions, discoveries, and innovations; entrepreneurship and commercialization; and expanded partnerships with industry, academic peers, and other key constituencies.
  • Significantly expand community-engaged research and public scholarship in direct collaboration with Hoosier communities.

Metrics and markers of progress

Markers of IU’s progress against its goals and objectives will include:

  • Expanding external sponsored research, beyond $700 million annually, including:
    • Doubling the number of external grants over $5 million.
    • Generating significant philanthropic support for transformational research/creative pursuits.
    • Increasing sponsored research from foundations, industry, and government contracts by 50%.
  • Increasing invention disclosures by 100%, licenses and license revenue by 25%, and the annual number of faculty and student startups by 100%.
  • Expanding the number of community-engaged research partnerships undertaken in collaboration with community organizations and local governments.
  • Moving into the top 10 of National Institutes of Health funding to public medical schools.