Faculty Opportunities

2017 Translational Research Pilot Grant Program

The Translational Research Pilot Grant Program has been established to fund the completion of proof of concept projects that will support the development of translational research projects with industry partners and the establishment of new companies or strengthen patent applications based on IUB discoveries. Applications are being accepted with a Extended deadline of April 15, 2017.

Eligible Projects All projects in any discipline directly related to moving IUB research or scholarly activities closer to commercialization are eligible.  Projects must be based on discoveries that have been submitted to the IURTC in the form of an Invention Disclosure http://iurtc.iu.edu/forms/index.shtml. Project proposals may be submitted by any IUB faculty member.  Project budgets up to $25,000 will be considered and can be used to support research in the Principal Investigator’s laboratory, or for purchased services from IU core facilities or external vendors.

Proposal Reviews:  Pilot Grant applications will be assessed for their scientific merit, the potential to significantly enhance the commercial development of the new discovery, and the potential for the creation of new intellectual property.

Application Due Date:  April 1, 2017
Funding will be available June 1, 2017

Application Instructions: Submit all materials electronically at JCITR@indiana.edu in MS Word and MS Excel documents. Project descriptions should clearly and concisely describe the research objectives, research strategy, and how the expected outcomes will enhance commercialization activities for the discovery being developed. Failure to complete all steps may cause your application to be returned for further information.

Cover Page (1 page)

  1. Title of Project
  2. Principal Investigator(s)
  3. All faculty collaborators on project
  4. Department/School
  5. Fiscal Officer or Grant Officer in your department/school
  6. Performance Site: List building and room number(s) where project will be completed
  7. Total Budget Requested
  8. IURTC Invention Disclosure Title and Number
  9. Project Summary - Summary should not exceed 250 words and should include a brief description of the discovery being developed, specific aims, research strategy, and an explicit statement of how the project will enhance commercial activities.

Research Plan (3 pages maximum)

  1. Goals - Provide a concise description of the long term goals for development of the discovery (e.g. licensing, establishing a new company) and how the project will enhance the completion of these goals. The strength of this statement will be a critical component of the review process.
  2. Specific Aims
  3. Research Strategy -P rovide a concise description of the research approaches and methods that will be used to complete the Specific Aims.  Include unpublished preliminary data if necessary to support rational for the proposed research strategy.
  4. References (Only essential references need be included)

Letters of Support
Letters from potential industry partners or investors describing their interest in the discovery and the importance of the proposed project may be included.

Budgets must be summarized using the MS Excel budget template. Be sure to include the PI Name, Project Title and Project Period information on the header. Please email jsalazar@indiana.edu for budget template.

Pilot grants funds cannot be used to support lead PI faculty, tenure-track faculty, or base budgeted salaries.  Partial support of research staff and students is allowed.

Project period maximum is 1 year.  Extensions will only be granted after review and approval of extenuating circumstances detailed in a written request to JCITR.

Budget Justification (1 page maximum excluding quotes)
Provide details outlining the estimated costs for specific expenditures anticipated for the project. Provide a quote from the core facility or vendor that will be utilized for any purchased services.

Biographical Sketch (4 pages maximum)
Biographical sketches must be provided in either the NIH or NSF formats and should include a brief summary of any previous commercialization activities relevant to the project.

Project Report
A summary report describing technical progress and a financial accounting of funds spent will be due 1 month after the completion of the project.


Seven IU Bloomington faculty receive more than $160K from Johnson Center grant program

The press release can be found here.

Seven researchers received grant funding:

  • Cheng Kao, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences, "Formulation and Efficacy of Antimicrobial Peptides for Use to Reduce Infections at Surgical Sites." $25,000
  • Thomas Sterling, School of Informatics and Computing, "3-D Face Recognition Using the Fast Multipole Method.” $25,000
  • Michael Wade, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology, "Sustained Controlled Population Collapse." $25,000
  • Kylie Peppler, School of Education, "Indoor Positioning System." $24,882
  • Richard Hardy, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, "Rational Attenuation of Chikungunya Virus for Vaccine Development." $24,401
  • David Landy, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, "Graspable Math: A Dynamic Algebra Notation for Classrooms." $23,461
  • Jorge V. José, Department of Physics, College of Arts and Sciences, "App Development for Extending the Patent Application for Treatments of Neurological and Learning Disorders." $14,726

Student Opportunities

Velocity Conference 2017

Velocity Conference, presented in Berkeley, California by the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Kelley School of Business, March 7 - 10, 2017. All graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible and may submit an application to attend. Please submit your CV, a description of current research, career goals and a statement describing what you expect to learn or gain from attending Velocity to JCITR@indiana.edu. Application materials received after November 14, 2016 may be considered based on the number of remaining available spaces. For more infomation see this flyer.

This  year's conference schedule includes a Monday Networking  Reception with scientists from local biotech companies and Bay area IU Alumni at 7 pm, Steelhead Brewery-Burlingame, and a full day of biotech tours at Alios Bio Pharma Inc & Genentech for the selected participants.  If you are an IU Alumnus interested in attending the Networking Reception, please email jsalazar@indiana.edu.

If you are a 2017 participant, please fill out this form.

Eli Lilly Visit

IU life sciences students had the opportunity to visit Eli Lilly’s corporate center in Indianapolis. The students explored the campus, heard a lecture on the drug discovery process and the trials and successes of Lilly’s history. They connected with passionate researchers behind the hard work in discovering and screening the efficacy and safety of drugs. JCITR plans to build upon this success with possible annual visits to Lilly and other corporate partners.

Eli Lilly Visit

Velocity Conference 2016

A group of faculty and students went to the 2016 Velocity Conference! The graduate-level Velocity Conference, dedicated to the acceleration of entrepreneurial careers, has become a tradition within the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Founded in 2000 by Jack M. Gill, PhD, Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business organizes this annual event in partnership with another university. Members of the Entrepreneurial Innovation Academy at Kelley, along with a selected host school, meet CEOs from high-potential businesses and the venture capitalists that fund them. Students hear candid stories of those who have “been there and done that." for more information about the Velocity Program, please click here.

Velocity Conference

Archived Opportunities

Open Enrollment - Spring 2016
BIOT-T680, Seminar in Biotechnology (32589) MGMT/BIOE 633 is a course at Rice University, simulcast at Indiana University.
Course meets Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7 pm, SI 001
Topic: "Role of Physicians, Scientists and Engineers in High-tech Startups
More info here.

Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Course Recipients
Through the generosity of Dr. Jack Gill, the life sciences entrepreneurship course was offered to Indiana University students free of charge. A certificate of completion signed by Jack Gill and George McLendon was presented to all who attended at least 10 sessions. Click the flyer for more information.

Win $150k to realize your healthcare business idea! Applications are open now. Do you have an innovative idea that could tackle humanity's most pressing healthcare needs? Submit your idea by December 1st, 2015. We are pleased to announce the launch of OneStart 2016, the world's largest life sciences and healthcare accelerator program. Offering young entrepreneurs the chance to win $150k, free lab space and on-going advice from our extensive mentor network drawn from McKinsey and Co., Johnson and Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, SR One, Takeda Ventures and more. There is no cost to apply, and applications are open now until December 1st, 2015. Learn more at onestart.co today and start building your winning team. Applications are open NOW. If you have any further questions feel free to get in touch via jess@oxbridgebiotech.com

Graduate Student Opportunity, Priority Date 10/31/2015

Velocity Conference, presented in Berkeley, California by the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the Kelley School of Business, March 8 - 11, 2016. All graduate students enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible and may submit an application to attend. Please submit your CV, a description of current research, career goals and a statement describing what you expect to learn or gain from attending Velocity to JCEB@indiana.edu. Application materials received after October 31st may be considered based on the number of remaining available spaces. For more infomation see this flyer.

Academic-Industry Partnerships at NSF
The FY 2016 Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) solicitation was just released on September 22nd, and it once again focuses on smart, human-centered service systems! Please click here to view the new Solicitation NSF 15-610. Letters of Intent are due December 2nd. There will be next solicitation webinar will be Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT. You can register for the webinars and review other information concerning the PFI:BIC program on the PFI:BIC homepage. For communication with individuals interested in and/or knowledge about academe-industry partnerships, check out the LinkedIn Group.

Translational Research Pilot Grant Program Previous Winners
Read about the previous winners and their research on the IU Newsroom here.

Last year's winners:

  • Andrea Hohmann: $25,000
  • Cheng Kao: $25,000
  • Hannah J. Block: $19,359
  • Matthew L. Bochman: $13,355
  • Amit Hagar: $21,516