Strategic Initiatives

Strategic Initiatives

IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
IUPUI Imaging Research Initiative
STEM Education and Innovation Research Institute
Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute
Initiative for Product Lifecycle Innovation

Development of Research Clusters

Development of research clusters at IUPUI coordinates with the IUPUI Research Strategic Plan for cluster hiring, which states:

Provide guidance to schools to conduct coordinated recruitment of new and diverse faculty to support collaborative research in the interdisciplinary strategic areas of interest.

Focus on specific Grand Challenge Initiatives may require more collaboration among Schools and Departments to recruit key individuals who can participate in research areas that are important to campus priorities. Incentives to Schools to engage in cluster hiring can strengthen efforts to diversify the faculty intellectually and culturally. Incentives could include partial salary support, following a model established by START, and central support of matching contributions for startup funds.

Recently developed research clusters include:

The Translational Adolescent Cannabis Use Research Center (TACURC)

The TACURC, a collaborative effort involving researchers from IU Bloomington (IUB), the IU School of Medicine (IUSM), and IUPUI, seeks to better understand the behavioral and neurobiological effects of adolescent cannabis exposure in rodents and human. Efforts have already been recognized by the Office for the Vice President for Research with $20,000 grant to initiate pilot animal studies, and an IU Grant Linking University-wide Expertise (GLUE) grant.

3D Printing and BioPrinting Research Cluster

A multi-disciplinary group has begun to explore a new center of excellence targeting research and development using 3D Printing and BioPrinting. This group involves active collaborations among imaging, computational mechanics, biomaterials, orthopedics, cell biology, vascular biology, regeneration, otolaryngology, nanosystems, and creative activities in the arts. The group has developed a relationship with a community manufacturing partner, and with the orthopaedic industry. There is currently one bioprinter (in beta test phase) and multiple 3D printers at two sites on campus, and one site off campus.

Subgroup focuses include:

  1. Cell-based BioPrinting
  2. Orthopaedic and Dental Applications
    • Dental/Maxillofacial reconstruction
    • Peri-articular injuries
    • Printing for small, irregular bones (hand and foot)
  3. Printing Gradient Structures (Structural Printing)

If you have interest in participating in any of these Research Clusters, or ideas about other inter-disciplinary clusters that could be developed at IUPUI, please contact

Forensic Sciences Cluster of Research Excellence
(Christine Picard, PhD – Convener)

An interdisciplinary Cluster of Research Excellence has been formed in Forensic Sciences with a goal to coalesce those in diverse disciplines working on Forensic-related topics into a Working Group. Ultimately, with the support of internal support mechanisms, the hope is that this will improve competitiveness for extramural funding in this area, and for the development of larger program grants.

Current participants reside in the Schools of Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Computer and Information Science, Mathematics), Law, Medicine (Pathology, Medical and Molecular Genetics, Radiology), Liberal Arts (Anthropology), and School of Public and Environmental Affairs. It also includes faculty from IU-Bloomington, and imaging expertise from Eli Lilly and Co.

Three subgroups have been identified, each working in specific areas of expertise, and a fourth is under development (names bolded are those charged with directing the subgroup):


FSCRE SubGroup1


FSCRE SubGroup2


FSCRE SubGroup3


We are in the process of developing a fourth subgroup focused on education and training from a research standpoint, addressing best practices for training and improving retention for specific disciplines within forensic science labs.