Enhancing Communities

Enhancing Hoosier communities

Every day, IU researchers work to improve the lives of people in Indiana. Through innovative research and local and state partnerships, IU organizations like the Environmental Resilience Institute, the Center for Rural Engagement and others are helping Hoosier communities adapt to our changing world and prepare for the future.

Irsays donate $3M to create IU research institute

IU established a new research institute, designed to be the leading national center for addressing the stigma surrounding mental health and other health challenges, thanks to a $3 million gift from the Jim Irsay family, owners of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. The center aims to help remove the shame and stigma that often keep people with mental health disorders from getting the help they need.

Learn more about the center

The Irsay Family Research Center which will occupy a renovated space in Morrison Hall on the Indiana University Bloomington campus
A large agriculture instrument being used in a field to improve water infiltration.

Evaluating nutrient management practices

Using real-world data and a high-resolution model, IU researchers are working to understand how Indiana’s changing climate will affect cover crops and other farm management practices.

Learn more about nutrient management practices
A dense cluster of houses that illustrates how much energy is being used by multiple families in a limited area.

Addressing energy insecurity

Millions of Americans are energy insecure, and researchers with IU’s Energy Justice Lab are identifying contributing factors and making recommendations to improve living conditions for these individuals.

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IU faculty are working with partners in all 92 Indiana counties

Members of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) gathering for an event.

Leading race and ethnicity research

In an effort to help understand and dismantle issues of racism, injustice and inequity plaguing our nation and world, IU centers, institutes and individual faculty members are exploring myriad aspects of race, ethnicity and inequality.

Learn more about IU leading race and ethnicity research
Two members of the Everyday Arts and Aging program - helping produce a guide that will be of use to libraries, senior centers, care facilities and individuals around the country.

Helping elderly Hoosiers

IU researchers are working to improve the lives of elderly Hoosiers through the Everyday Arts and Aging program, which provides older adults opportunities for creative expression, social connectedness and physical engagement with the community.

Learn more about the Everyday Arts and Aging Program
A close-up image of a mosquito biting a human.

Understanding mosquito-borne disease transmission

Understanding the prevalence of disease-causing pathogens in Indiana’s mosquito populations and how to mitigate their potential threat to public health is a focus of a team of IU researchers.

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Unlocking Indiana history

The important impacts Arab Americans have had on Indianapolis and the state were brought to light through the work of IU researcher Edward Curtis, IV.

Learn more about the project