Indiana University received a record $680.2 million in external funding to support research and other activities in fiscal year 2019. IU’s record funding amount is the highest total of such funding for any university in Indiana during the last fiscal year, and it has increased nearly 45% since FY 2009. President McRobbie remarked: “It reflects the excellence and importance of IU faculty research in a funding environment that continues to grow increasingly competitive. It also is testament to the thousands of IU faculty, staff, and students who form the teams that develop the university’s high-quality research proposals and whose ideas and work are being favorably judged by their peers around the nation and world at a time when only the most promising research proposals are securing support.”
Around 66% of all of IU’s research funding originated from federal sources in FY 2019. The $680.2 million includes a record $378.1 million in federal grants and contracts, $53.6 million in awards from the National Science Foundation, and nearly $68 million in sponsored funding from industry. It includes a total of $208.3 million in nongovernmental grants, which is also an IU record. IU set a new university record with $234.9 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, the major federal government source of support for health sciences research in the United States. Much of the record total is funding medical research at the IU School of Medicine. IU’s largest single grant from the NIH, a grant of $44.7 million, is supporting an IU-led, five-year national study of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.