Goal 4 - Strategy 2

Increase external grants and contracts awarded to Indiana State University by state, federal, and private entities

First in the World Grant


The First in the World grant, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, seeks to foster innovations in higher education that increase college completion, value, and affordability. In 2014, Indiana State was one of twenty-four universities out of 500 applicants to receive the initial round of First in the World awards.

Indiana State’s four-year, $1.6 million First in the World grant funded the Accelerating College Completion through Academic Mindset project on campus. This initiative introduced programs designed to help students understand and believe in their potential for success, particularly in math subjects; and provided faculty with opportunities to integrate growth mindset concepts into their instruction. These techniques continue to be an important component of Indiana State’s commitment to student success and degree completion.


Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation


The Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation at Indiana State University is nationally renowned for its comprehensive work with various bat species. Beyond research, the center advances the study of bats and bat ecology by collaborating with students and other scientists on a range of short and long-term projects. The Bat Center shares its research findings with the scientific community and public at-large through scholarly and popular publications. Just as importantly, it conducts and promotes bat outreach and education activities like the highly successful Indiana Bat Festival held annually in Terre Haute.


The Bat Center regularly engages in externally funded research. A few of its recent grants include:

  • $2 million; Missouri Department of Conservation contract to study the effects of timber harvesting on endangered Indiana bats located in northeast Missouri
  • $900,000; North Carolina Department of Transportation grant to study the distribution, preferred habitats, and migration patterns of endangered gray bats in western North Carolina

To learn more about the Center for Bat Research, Outreach and Conservation, click here.