Request for Proposals

Responding to the Addictions Crisis: Request for Project Proposals

Only projects led by IU faculty members are eligible for funding.

Indiana University announces the application process for projects to be funded in 2018 through IU’s Grand Challenge Initiative, “Responding to the Addictions Crisis.”


  • Optional concept papers are due April 5, 2018. Feedback will focus on responsiveness to the stated goals of the Grand Challenge, utilization of IU strengths, potential for strong partnerships within IU and with community organizations, and likely impact on the addictions crisis.

To assist with preparing for the review process, a Letter of Intent is required, and is due no later than 11:59PM on June 5th, 2018. LoIs must be submitted online at IU’s internal grant application portal,, and must include

  • A brief Executive Summary (<150 words) of the project.
  • A list of all key personnel and external partners, whether confirmed or expected.
  • Identification of the priority focal areas being utilized, and goals being addressed, in the project.
  • Full proposals will be due June 25, 2018, with implementation of selected projects slated to begin in September 2018.

Optional proposal assistance events:

  • Jumpstart conversations (75-90 minutes each) will be held on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses and by video conference with faculty from regional campuses. These brown-bag lunches and coffee talks will provide opportunities to learn about the framework and goals of IU’s strategy to address the addictions crisis and to begin exploring ways that different kinds of expertise can contribute to the work the university will undertake.
  • Scoping Sessions (4-6 hours each), held on the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses on March 1st and 2nd. More than 130 faculty members, researchers, and community partners came together to reframe our understanding of the addictions crisis and begin to imagine new strategies for addressing the problems we face. These conversations will shape the upcoming Ideas Lab in May. In addition, we’ll be working over the next several weeks to connect participants with others at IU working on similar elements of the crisis in order to maximize our impact through coordinated partnerships. For more information, contact
  • Ideas Lab (May 14 – 16 at New Harmony Inn Conference Center) is an intensive three-day workshop at which 35-40 participants will work together to create novel, multidisciplinary projects that will tackle specific elements of the addictions crisis. Applications to participate are due March 7; applicants will be selected by early April.