Advancing Medical Research

With more than $350 million in external grants and awards for medical research from federal, state and private sources, Indiana University School of Medicine oversees a comprehensive research portfolio that’s nationally recognized for its successes in many specialty areas, including cancer, genomic medicine, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, transplantation, alcoholism, bone and stem cell biology, and health outcomes research. In 2018, IU School of Medicine ranked 33rd among 140 accredited schools of medicine in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research dollars received.

In addition to the school’s robust research enterprise, Indiana itself offers a vibrant life sciences community for collaboration among researchers. Indiana is home to some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, medical device and ag biosciences companies. The global headquarters for Cook Medical, DePuy Orthopaedics, Corteva Agriscience, Lilly and Zimmer Biomet are in Indiana, as well as the North American headquarters for Roche Diagnostics. Major operations for Baxter, Beckman Coulter, Boston Scientific, Covance, Mead Johnson and Medtronic also are located within Indiana. IU School of Medicine offers unique access to patients, through its statewide research partnership with Indiana University Health and Eskenazi Health.

Strong National Research Funding

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are working to advance scientific discovery that improves health and drives economic impact in Indiana and beyond. In the past few years, the school’s research enterprise has grown significantly thanks in part to investment in a robust schoolwide mentoring program—including peer review committees and assistance for junior investigators, a new scientific core infrastructure that provides access to expertise such as biostatistics and data management, and state-of-the-art research facilities and new technologies.

In federal fiscal year 2018, IU School of Medicine scientists earned more than $149 million in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—a record for the school and an increase of more than 10 percent compared to 2017. In 2017, researchers set another school record by publishing more research papers (108) in scientific journals with an impact factor of 10 or higher than any other year—highlighting the quality and greater visibility of research by IU School of Medicine faculty. All of this adds up to increased recognition for the school and its partners, as well as improved health outcomes and more skilled workers for the state.

IU School of Medicine’s Top 10 Largest NIH Grants of 2017

Millions in Funding for Research (2018)
Ranked Medical School in NIH Funding (2018)
Research Studies Awarded (2016-2017)

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. Explore the IU School of Medicine Research Guide for details on the school’s research facilities and programs.

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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.

Focused Expertise

An emphasis on team science and prioritization by leadership have allowed IU School of Medicine faculty to grow their expertise in strategic areas of research to maximize the school’s impact on both medical science and public health.

Areas of Expertise

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.

Rare Disease Research

A rare disease is defined as any disease affecting fewer than 200,000 people. One in ten Americans suffer from a rare disease, but more than 7000 rare diseases affect approximately 25 million Americans. IU School of Medicine faculty researchers are committed to the discovery of new treatment and therapies to improve the quality of life of those 25 million Americans and individuals suffering from rare disease worldwide.

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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.

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