Lilly Endowment grant to attract leading scientists, enhance life sciences sector

July 13, 2017

As part of INCITE, IU School of Medicine will hire biomedical scientists whose work will not only enhance research and education at the school, but also strengthen the economic health of Indiana’s broader life sciences community.Photo By

A $25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will elevate Indiana’s position as one of the nation’s top life science research hubs by funding an innovative recruitment strategy designed to attract top scientists to IU School of Medicine and the state.

The grant will fund the Indiana Collaborative Initiative for Talent Enrichment (INCITE), a collaboration between IU School of Medicine and non-academic partners such as the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Eli Lilly and Co., Roche, Dow, Cook, BioCrossroads, IU Health and Eskenazi Health. Through the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), the initiative also will include partnerships with Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

As part of INCITE, IU School of Medicine will hire biomedical scientists whose work will not only enhance research and education at the school, but also strengthen the economic health of Indiana’s broader life sciences community. Various members of the life sciences sector will collaborate with IU School of Medicine in this endeavor by serving on a scientific advisory board to advise the school on areas of unmet need in the community and helping to attract biomedical scientists whose expertise and interests are relevant to both IU and INCITE partners. IU School of Medicine expects these collaborations will focus on several key research areas that build on existing strengths and opportunities for growth including applications for genomic medicine and new treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and childhood diseases.

"For Indiana to continue to grow as one of our nation's leading centers for life science research and innovation, it is critical that we continue to attract the top research talent to our state," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie, PhD. "The collaboration funded by this generous grant from Lilly Endowment will further invigorate efforts by Indiana University faculty to turn their scientific breakthroughs into the types of new products, services and treatments that will have a major impact on our state's economic development and quality of life. This collaboration will also help ensure that we continue to more effectively connect the discoveries emanating from our laboratories with what our state's industry leaders need to stay and become even more competitive in today's marketplace."

For more on the grant, read this Research Updates blog post.