Goal: IU Bloomington will support our faculty’s aspirations to pursue and teach important knowledge across disciplinary, school, and campus borders.
Update: Through IU's Grand Challenges and Emerging Areas of Research, faculty from different disciplines and different campuses come together to solve crucial issues for Indiana. The IU Collaborative Research Grants program supports transformative research that will define a new research field, conflate the scope of existing research fields, or significantly advance multiple research fields. The Social Sciences Research Funding Program supports new, innovative research projects that foster excellence in the social sciences and advance IU Bloomington’s national and international reputation. Projects may be initiated by individual faculty members or collaborative groups.
Social Sciences Research Funding Program
Starting in Jan. 2019, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research began offering the Social Sciences Research Funding Program, an annual award with a maximum $50,000 per project. This program provides total support of $150,000 per year. Approximately three to seven projects will be funded annually. The typical budget for each project will be between $20,000 and $35,000, with a maximum award per project of $50,000.
Disciplines in the social sciences are expansive across IU Bloomington, involving the observation and analysis of human behavior in its social and cultural contexts. This funding program supports new innovative research projects that foster excellence in the social sciences. This program does not preclude faculty in the social sciences from applying for funding from other internal funding programs such as the New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities program or the Faculty Research Support Program.
The Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis was founded at Indiana University in 1973 by Nobel Prize-winning economist Elinor Ostrom and her husband, Vincent Ostrom. Over its 40-year history, the workshop has nurtured scholars who have produced pioneering research and taught generations of students about the ways in which governance processes at the local, national, and global level can be crafted to enhance human well-being, while promoting democratic principles and sustainable resource management. Today, the Ostrom Workshop, led by director Lee Alston, is leveraging the intellectual legacy of its founders to continue addressing the formal and informal rules that shape human behavior. Alston is the Ostrom Chair & Professor of Economics.
Social Science Research Commons
The Social Science Research Commons, which opened in 2017, was the culmination of a five-year plan to stimulate, coordinate, and sustain social science research on the Bloomington campus. The College, OVPR, Office of the Provost, and OVPIT, work together in a centrally located space that has been renovated and upgraded to provide a state-of-the-art facility for social scientists. The SSRC is jointly funded by OVPR, the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Informatics and Computing, the School of Education, and the School of Public Health.
Social Sciences librarians
Social Sciences Librarians support and strengthen teaching, learning, and research by providing the collections, services, and environments that lead to intellectual discovery. These librarians strive to make specialized, individual connections between researchers, students, and library collections and services.