All proposals should include the following information as a PDF in an email to the respective dean and within a maximum of four pages:
- Established, specific faculty member(s)/lab(s)/research group or area that would be strengthened through the proposed hire
- Description of the research area for the proposed hire
- Summary of current research productivity and grant funding of faculty member(s), lab(s), group, or area, plus potential for future grant funding
- Peer and aspirational leaders in this discipline (if known)
- Estimated startup needs, potential space needs, and availability of the space (if known)
- Potential candidates, with links to publicly available CVs or profile information (if known)
- Intra-campus synergies (if any)
Proposals should include a brief note or acknowledgment of support from the department chair(s)/supervisor, not included in the page count limit.
Deans will rank order all proposals and place them in a designated Faculty 100 Teams folder (to be provided). Proposals from across campus will be reviewed and again prioritized by a representative faculty campus committee. The Vice President for Research and Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities will also review proposals to consider potential startup funding, availability of research/technical infrastructure, and necessary lab renovations. Consideration will be given to the viability of proposed research at IU Bloomington (e.g., access to space, technical resources).
Funding decisions will be based on the following criteria, as applicable:
- Likelihood of further establishing IU as a leader in given areas of expertise
- Capacity to grow IU’s research and creative output
- Potential for transformative and/or translational impact
- Availability and scale of external funding for research in the specific research area
- Typical funding of a faculty researcher in the specific area.
- The new hire(s) should be able to attract (or bring) grant funding, but the scale of funding should be commensurate with the area, and all reasonable scales will be considered eligible.
The proposal should address each of these criteria, as applicable.
Deans may begin submitting prioritized proposals for consideration on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Prioritized proposals submitted after this date will continue to be considered on a rolling basis until all funds earmarked for this effort are exhausted.
Once a proposal is approved for funding, existing search processes, as described on the Office of Institutional Equity’s Guide for IU Bloomington Academic Searches, should continue to be used. Funding may be available for faculty hired through any of the existing processes described by OIE. The use of search waivers will not be expanded for the purposes of this initiative but may be used if in accordance with the criteria already in place (see Section V in Guide on Search Waivers). We will continue IU’s longstanding practice to hire the majority of faculty through open searches. Those with questions about search processes are welcome to contact VPFAA or OIE.