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The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) publishes the RESEARCH ENTERPRISE to keep the academic community and the community at large informed about research activities, opportunities and development on the IUPUI campus.

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Holiday Message

Center Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight

Internal Grant Deadlines


Workshops and Events

Did You Know?

External Funding

Funding Search Tools

Research Offices:




Enterprise Archive




Etta Ward

Scott Chevalier



If you have a news item or recent noteworthy research-related achievement that you would like to share, please contact Etta Ward at emward@iupui.edu.

Please be aware that not all news items will be deemed appropriate or timely for publication, but each item will be carefully considered.

  December 17, 2008
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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We wish you a joyous holiday season, and hope that 2009 will be a great year for you.

Happy Holidays!
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research


New Stem Cell Research Program to Partner with VA Medical Center 

Keith March, M.D., Ph.D.

Keith March, M.D., Ph.D.
Director of IUPUI VC-CAST

The IUPUI Vascular and Cardiac Center for Adult Stem Cell Therapy (VC-CAST) will partner with Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center to establish a program for adult stem cell research and patient trials at the Indianapolis VA Medical Center.TheVC-CAST, an important example of translational research on the IUPUI campus, was established in 2008 as an IUPUI Signature Center, itself representing a partnership among the Indiana Center for Vascular Biology and Medicine, the Krannert Institute of Cardiology, and the campus.

According to Dr. Keith March, director of VC-CAST, “this joint research initiative has two key components: a program with investigators conducting laboratory work relating particularly to blood vessels and adult stem cells; and a program oriented to facilitating access of veterans throughout the country to participation in cell therapy studies as they are developed to treat various diseases.”

Thomas Mattice, Director of the Indianapolis VA Medical Center, expressed enthusiastic support for the center.  “This type of research holds great promise for our veteran patients, and fits squarely into the research mission of the VA.  Typical of the research conducted within the VA, this research spans the spectrum from basic clinical science conducted in the laboratory to the application of that science to treat diseases.”

Critical patient needs under consideration for early trial development include peripheral vascular disease causing either threatened amputation or severe leg pain with walking, stroke, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, wounds or ulcers, and emphysema - among others.


Social Work Professor Advances Research on Student Engagement

Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty

Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty

Research on student engagement is one of her passions and Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty translates the study of this area using many different formats. As a recent graduate of the IU school of Social Work doctoral program and an alumnus of the Preparing Future Faculty program, Dr. Gentle-Genitty walks the line between integrative practice, teaching excellence, and research. She reflects, “The IUPUI Graduate experience was like none other. While working as a teaching assistant and then an Associate Faculty, I often felt as if I needed more to succeed. The School of Social Work provided a teaching course but the specialized skills of dealing with difficult behaviors, creating safe classrooms, enhancing and assessing learning outcomes were gained through my Preparing Future Faculty experience.” Dr. Gentle-Genitty teaches human behavior theory and practice, studies online learning and variations in engagement, explores working with millennia students, presents on juvenile bonding, case management, juvenile re-entry, and African youth in transition while she develops models for teaching theory. 

Dr. Gentle-Genitty’s recent study on social bonding and chronic truancy in Indiana middle schools is gaining wide exposure as she was recently invited to present at the International Conference on Truancy and Dropout Prevention.  The study examined schools’ opportunities for social bonding and its influence rates of chronic truancy. The premise of the research was based on what she terms creating student-to-school bonds for engagement. The study was assessed using an online instrument Dr. Gentle-Genitty developed with Hirschi’s (1969) theory of social control and his four constructs of social bonding (attachment, commitment, involvement and belief). The study found that there is a moderate relationship between schools’ opportunities for social bonding and principals’ perceptions of students’ social bonding.  In essence, principals’ perceptions of student participation in productive activities influenced the opportunities offered in middle school and vice versa. Dr. Gentle-Genitty continues to publish from her dissertation on the topic and plans to conduct similar studies, ascertaining the views of students and parents rather than principals. “The outcome could help educators, policy makers, and social science researchers understand the relationship between student school disengagement and its relationship with their school environments and context,” she states. 

Dr. Gentle-Genitty has been at IU for approximately 4 years but has been an administrator and educator for the last 15 years. She is an assistant professor, assistant to the Director for Labor Studies, and a former faculty member of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She specializes in understanding youth antisocial behavior, particularly chronic truancy. Dr. Gentle-Genitty has been researching this area for the last three years and has conducted several presentations on the topic. She is an avid activist, trainer, facilitator, and researcher with over 15 years of experience working with at-risk juveniles and prisoners with various local and international organizations. “I feel that the world is my playground to explore, teach, research, and share,” says Dr. Gentle-Genitty.


RELEASE TIME FOR RESEARCH: As IUPUI is expanding its research enterprise across all disciplines, and as faculty in addition to their teaching assignments are seeking to increase their available time dedicated to research, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offers the Release Time for Research (RTR) internal funding mechanism to aid faculty in their pursuit of research activities. The RTR will allow IUPUI faculty to "buy out" of teaching time to prepare grant/contract proposals for submission to external funding agencies. Application deadline is January 15, 2009. For grant guidelines and application forms, go to http://research.iupui.edu/funding/.

INTERNATIONAL VISITING RESEARCH SCHOLARS/PROFESSORS SUPPORT (NEW): The IUPUI International Visiting Research Scholars/Professors Support Program is designed to assist IUPUI faculty members and departments to invite faculty members from abroad for both research collaboration and instructional purposes to benefit students at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels. This program will enhance IUPUI's Internationalization efforts in both teaching and research. The purpose is to develop faculty capacity to teach with a global perspective. Application deadline is February 6, 2009. For grant guidelines and application forms go to http://research.iupui.edu/funding/.




The SALT event series is aimed at showcasing interdisciplinary research efforts, promoting IUPUI research center activities, and encouraging new collaborative partnerships. This highly interactive event provides an opportunity to meet fellow researches in an informal setting on a monthly basis at the Faculty Club. Presentations are limited to 20-25 minutes to allow ample time for discussion.

When: Thursday, January 15, 2009 | 12:00 PM-01:00 PM
Where: University Faculty Club

Presenter: Michelle Salyers, Associate Research Professor in the School of Science and Director of the Assertive Community Treatment Center

The Center evaluates the effectiveness of mental health programs, prepares specialist to implement interventions that assist families dealing with mental illnesses, and serves as an advocate for public policies on support services. The research team includes faculty members from psychology, social work, nursing, and sociology as well as clinicians with many years of direct clinical experience. Please direct any questions about the SALT program to Dominique M. Galli at dgalli@iupui.edu.

More information and the complete SALT schedule for 2008/09 can be found at http://faa.iupui.edu/newFaa/SALT.asp.

This event is sponsored by The University Faculty Club of Indianapolis


Campus Facts

  • Awards are up 6.2% for November compared to last year. Awards for the year to date are down 11.7% compared with last year.
  • The dollar value of proposals submitted for the year to date is up 10.8%.


Funding opportunities in this section include selected current grant announcements from federal agencies for new initiatives and changes to existing programs. Announcements with limited scope are not listed here but are, instead, sent directly to IUPUI School Deans.  For comprehensive coverage of funding opportunities please use the on-line search tools listed below.


National Library of Medicine Grants for Scholarly Works in Biomedicine and Health: The focus is on the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly works of value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers and historians of the health sciences. Application deadline is February 2, 2009. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-030.htm

The NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards Program: This program (http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/newinnovator/) was created in 2007 to support a small number of new investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The research proposed need not be in a conventional biomedical or behavioral discipline but must be relevant to the mission of NIH. Pre-applications (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-013.html) are a necessary first step in applying for a 2009 New Innovator Award. Pre-applications will be evaluated by a group of external reviewers. Those investigators whose submissions are judged to be the most outstanding will be notified of the opportunity to submit full (DP2) applications under RFA-RM-09-003.


Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI): The GOALI promotes university-industry partnerships by making project funds or fellowships/traineeships available to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages. This solicitation targets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental research, new approaches to solving generic problems, development of innovative collaborative industry-university educational programs, and direct transfer of new knowledge between academe and industry. GOALI seeks to fund transformative research that lies beyond that which industry would normally fund. Proposals accepted continuously. http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13706&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund

The Research on Gender in Science and Engineering program: This program supports efforts to understand and address gender-based differences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce participation through research, the diffusion of research-based innovations, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce. Typical projects will contribute to the knowledge base addressing gender-related differences in learning and in the educational experiences that affect student interest, performance, and choice of careers; how pedagogical approaches and teaching styles, curriculum, student services, and institutional culture contribute to causing or closing gender gaps that persist in certain fields. Projects will communicate and apply findings, evaluation results, and proven good practices and products to a wider community. Required letter of intent is due February 2, 2009. http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5475&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund


On-line search tools are available to IUPUI investigators who are interested in identifying funding opportunities in their areas of interest. Several are listed below:

Community of Science (COS): COS is a primary on-line search tool for identifying funding opportunities. To take advantage of this tool, register at http://www.cos.com/login/join.shtml. Once you have completed the short registration process, you can personalize your search by selecting the option entitled "launch your workbench". You can access federal, local, corporate, foundation, nonprofit and other funding opportunities using key terms and save the results of up to 20 searches and have them delivered to you weekly via email.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) "NIH Guide": To take advantage of this search tool, register at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/listserv.htm. It allows you to receive discipline specific funding opportunities that are delivered to you weekly via email.

National Science Foundation (NSF) "MyNSF": To take advantage of this search tool, register at http://www.nsf.gov/mynsf/. It allows you to receive discipline specific funding opportunities that are delivered to you weekly via email.

Federal Business Opportunities "FedBizOpps": FedBizOpps is the single government point-of-entry for Federal government procurement opportunities over $25,000. To take advantage of this search tool, visit http://vsearch1.fbo.gov/servlet/SearchServlet. Opportunities found at this site include, but are not limited to, presolicitations and special notices for research and service contracts for specific projects and some national centers and surveys that would not be found in Grants.gov and may not be found in the Community of Science.

Limited Submission Funding Opportunities: Occasionally a funding agency places a limitation on the number of proposals that can be submitted from a campus or university system. For a description of the upcoming "limited submission" funding opportunities, as well as guidelines and application forms, go to: http://ovpr.indiana.edu/limsub/limsub.asp or contact Etta Ward in the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research: emward@iupui.edu or 317.278.8427.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research - ovcr@iupui.edu
Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
755 West Michigan Street, UL1140, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2896
Phone: (317) 278-8427

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