Ideas & Innovation

For all the innovations we’ll unleash

Fighting cybercrime. Building cars that drive themselves. Using big data and satellite mapping to help the most vulnerable populations survive heat waves. Those are just a few examples of innovative research taking place at Indiana University.

In today’s world, simple ideas and hackneyed solutions just won’t cut it. With your help, we are expanding human understanding and tackling the complex challenges that affect us all.

200+research centers, institutes, and museums

No. 71among world universities for number of patents filed

No. 78most innovative university in the world

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With support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the newly established IU Cybersecurity Clinic will work with students from across IU to help state and local organizations better manage cyberattacks, protect intellectual property, and improve privacy. 


Thanks to a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, IU scholars are studying what makes us human—from the terrible to the playful, in different places and times, in areas from imaginative arts to empirical sciences.


Tobias Center

Thanks to a gift from Randall and Deborah Tobias, the Tobias Center for Innovation in International Development is dedicated to determining how best to assist countries in need while fostering their self-sufficiency.



With the help of donor support, the Ostrom Workshop seeks and shares solutions to the world’s most pressing problems involving communal and contested resources—from clean water to data governance.


The IU Philanthropic Venture Fund was established in 2018 to connect donors with IU-affiliated startups, innovations, and initiatives. The proceeds from successful investments are returned to the fund to support more new companies.

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Former Chancellor Terry L. Alison created a $5,000 annual scholarship to encourage creativity and innovation for IU South Bend students.

I believe in the importance of people. It is the imagination and determination of people that drive technology that makes an impact in real lives.

IU alumnus Fred Luddy, who made a $60 million gift to establish IU’s new, multidisciplinary initiative in artificial intelligence