Provost's Column

Research lab renovations to spark new innovation

At IU Bloomington, we are building on our historic strengths and emerging opportunities through transformative research to address the most complex societal challenges at local, national, and global levels. In this pursuit, we have a responsibility to provide our researchers and their teams with leading facilities that enable this essential work to flourish.  

With $45 million approved by the Board of Trustees for construction and renovations across eight buildings at IUB, we will soon embark on an ambitious 18-month effort to optimize research spaces available to our campus via at least 34 updated and new labs across central and north campus. The $45 million project will be funded by revenue bonds which will be repaid through funds provided by IU Research.  

We are fortunate to have numerous and diverse research spaces at IUB, including in the core of campus, that can be activated more fully in this effort. Many of the targeted spaces for upcoming renovations are currently underutilized or in significant need of repair and improvement — some dating back several decades. Many of the planned renovations will also be aligned with ongoing Faculty 100 hiring in priority areas.  

As part of this effort, planning teams have identified five strategic research “neighborhoods” for IUB, which congregate researchers with high potential for collaboration and shared resources. 

Central Neighborhood  

Research activity includes chemical and synthetic biology, applied quantum information science, biomedical sciences and engineering.


Northwest Neighborhood  

Research activity includes human intelligence, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, biohealth informatics.


North Quad Neighborhood 

Research activity includes neuroscience of aging and central nervous system diseases, precision approaches to toxicology, environmental health.

Plans include renovations and consolidations in the North Neighborhood to expand research capacity and efficiency.


MESH Neighborhood 

Research activity includes nanofabrication, nuclear physics/chemistry, and materials research.

Plans include building out additional infrastructure to enable efficient and economical future development of a new nanofabrication facility and dry labs for microelectronics.

Applied Research Center Neighborhood 

Research activity includes cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and microelectronics.

Designs include renovations to enable high-priority and industry-driven research.