Advancing Medical Research

With more than $300 million in external grants and awards for medical research federal, state and private sources, Indiana University School of Medicine oversees a comprehensive research enterprise that’s nationally recognized for its successes in many specialty areas, including cancer, transplantation, alcoholism, bone and stem cell biology, and health outcomes research. In the most recent fiscal year, the school received more than $111 million in awards from the National Institutes of Health. IU School of Medicine ranks 36th among accredited schools of medicine in NIH research dollars received—up from 41st in 2013.

Research Facilities

IU School of Medicine centers and institutes support innovative and collaborative basic, clinical and translational research on a broad range of key scientific, medical and health care topics. Research core laboratories provide investigators with specialized scientific services to support their research. The school has more than 500,000 square feet of space available for research activities in a dozen buildings on the Indianapolis campus and additional research resources at its campuses throughout Indiana.

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Research Objectives

The research program at IU School of Medicine is focused on growing research funding through focused investment; recruiting and retaining research leaders; enhancing the health of Indiana and beyond by offering innovative therapies not available elsewhere; accelerating translation of research to the clinic and the marketplace through high-quality clinical trials and public-private partnerships; and training future researchers for Indiana and worldwide.

Medical Research Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

Graduate Degree Programs

IU School of Medicine offers nine research-based biomedical science PhD programs and a Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) as well as educational research-based PhD tracks, master's degree programs, and graduate minors and certificates.
Clinical Trials

Clinical Trials

The Clinical Trials Office serves as the single point of entry for clinical trials across Indiana University, providing streamlined support for the facilitation of research studies including contracting, budgeting and metric tracking.
Basic Science Research

Basic Science Research

In times of shrinking resources for biomedical research, more than a third of IU School of Medicine’s research grant proposals are successful, a recognition of excellence by medical researchers everywhere.
Translational Research

Translational Research

Translational research at IU School of Medicine is supported by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, a collaboration of Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame that facilitates the translation of scientific discoveries in the lab into clinical trials and new patient treatments.

Student Research Programs

IU School of Medicine students can enrich their studies and training by participating in a wide range of research opportunities available statewide. Each summer, many students choose to work alongside IU School of Medicine scientists and investigators at other institutions near IU School of Medicine campuses to participate in research programs in areas such as genetics, drug discovery, cancer research, health policy and independent inquiry. Research programs are also available to individuals not currently enrolled as a student of IU School of Medicine.

Student Programs

Medical Research Updates

To stay current on the medical research work at IU School of Medicine’s statewide campuses, follow the IU School of Medicine newsroom and research blog, where investigators throughout the school’s academic departments post updates about their work.


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