College of Arts and Sciences
Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research

The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research is here to serve the faculty by helping with industry contracts and commercialization activities!

The mission of the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research (JCITR) is to enhance IUB faculty participation in translational research and the commercialization of research discoveries through interactions with industry partners and the establishment of new companies. The JCITR Discovery Team members focus on establishing a culture that values translational research and implements processes that make it easy and efficient for faculty to participate while continuing to focus on their core strengths in basic research.

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Support the JCITR

You can help us build a stronger base of support for IUB Faculty Innovation by giving to the JCITR Enrichment Fund. This multi-purpose fund benefits every aspect of work at JCITR. You can make a secure online donation to the JCITR Enrichment Fund by clicking the “Give Now” button.

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If you wish to mail in a donation, make your check out to “IUF/JCITR Enrichment Fund” and send it to: IU Foundation, PO Box 6460, Indianapolis, IN 46206.


Questions? Contact JCITR’s Assistant Director, Johanna Salazar, at 812-855-3133 for additional assistance.


Thank you for supporting the exciting work at the Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research!



Looking to start a high growth business in Bloomington? B-Start is a pre-accelerator program to help launch innovation-driven businesses in Bloomington, Indiana and is looking for residents in Monroe County who are interested in starting a business in Bloomington. Startups will be paired with mentors to help evaluate the businesses' needs and provide consultation with local experts in business plan development, law, intellectual property, marketing etc. B-Start also provides an excellent opportunity to network with other local start-up businesses and has sponsors that include Cook, Indiana University and Ivy Tech. To find out more information check out the link above!

Technology Tackling Algebra
Math for some can be as confusing as learning a foriegn language, which poses a problem for teachers who are trying to introduce new concepts to kids in the classroom. Math has always been taught with pencil to paper, which requires kids to grasp and master rules for algebra. This method poses a problem, though, due to the fact that kids do not have the time to understand the concepts that govern these rules or how to flexibly apply these rules to various problems. Thanks to technology developed by Graspable Inc., developed at Indiana University, students can now learn algebra by interacting with a screen to "explore rules, concepts and applications at the same time" (Weitnauer). The technology also follows the students' process in solving the derivations and the feedback can then be shared with the teacher or the classroom. Check out this video for a more in depth explanation on how Graspable Inc. is changing the way math is taught.

Recently a USDA representative visited and spoke on Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR). The USDA SBIR program awards grants based on Scientific and Technical Merit, PI and Company Qualifications, and commercial credit Potential.Phase I Grants = 8 Months/$100,000, Phase II Grants = 2 Years/$600,000.

Topic areas include:

  • Plant Production & Protection – Biology
  • Plant Production & Protection - Engineering
  • Animal Production & Protection
  • Aquaculture
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Biofuels and Biobased Products
  • Air, Water and Soils
  • Forests and Related Resources
  • Rural and Community Development
  • Small & Mid-Size Farms

Technology Areas supported by the USDA/SBIR program are:

  • Information Technology
  • Robotics
  • Electronics
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Microelectro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
  • Acoustics
  • Remote Sensing
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Material/Coatings
  • Food Safety
  • Biofuels
  • Machine Vision
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Chemistry

Further information can be found with details of the SBIR program, funding and the application process in this presentation.

Defense Innovation Summit
Opportunities to present innovations include areas in:

Submissions are due June 29 and top ranked Innovations will be offered an opportunity to showcase your technology to defense innovation prospectors on Oct. 3-5, 2017 in Tampa, Florida.

Bloomington Innovation Conference
Recently JCITR held its annual conference in an effort to connect IU researchers with industry officials from around the region. Doubling in attendance, the confernece has provided a space where researchers from various disciplines can present and demonstrate their work. Nick Nikolaides served as the keynote speaker for the conference and has commended the conference as an "example of how higher education can more genuinely connect with industry." Read the full article in the link above!

Learn more about the SBIR and STTR Phase I Application Process at this NSF Webinar.

In May 2016, JCITR awarded over $160,000 in grants to projects at Indiana University. Check out our Blog!

Medical News Today/Cheng Kao There is currently no vaccine or medicine against Zika - a mosquito-borne virus that causes birth defects and, in its recent outbreak, has infected more than 1 million people in the Americas and Caribbean. Now, by mapping a protein that helps the Zika virus to replicate and spread, researchers take a significant step toward a cure.

Practical Patent Issues for IUB Faculty video series produced by IU Maurer School of Law with support from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.

IU in the News -What started as a Beekeeping Club at (Indiana University) has grown into a business that could have global implications. We introduce you to the enthusiastic entrepreneur behind The Bee Corp.

Inside Indiana Business The National Science Foundation has awarded a group of Midwestern universities funding for a pilot program aimed at helping female and minority innovators with commercialization. The $225,000 grant will be used by Indiana University, the University of Louisville and Missouri University of Science and Technology to develop the program.

Alliance of Glycobiologists for Cancer Research: Translational Tumor Glycomics Laboratories (U01)
Award Ceiling: $500,000 Eligibility: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education,Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education,Special district governments,Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments),Small businesses,For profit organizations other than small businesses,Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification),Independent school districts,Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) County governments,Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities,State governments,Private institutions of higher education,City or township governments,Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education Due Date: Open submission through 06-08-17

Research in Transforming Health & Health Care Systems
The Foundation’s new Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS) call for proposals (CFP) seeks to fund rigorous, empirical studies that evaluate or predict the potential effects of policies or policy changes intended to transform health and health care systems. Researchers, as well as practitioners in the public and private sector working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law, business administration, or other related fields. Award Information:Up to $600,000 will be available under this CFP. Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 to accommodate studies of 6 to 12 months. Due Dates: 06-23-17