December 04, 2014

Centerville man receiving state history award

“Whether he's restoring a historically significant home in Centerville or inspiring his students to create an online game about the Underground Railroad, Ronald Vaughan Morris has been helping tell the stories of Indiana in many ways.

The Indiana Historical Society is recognizing Morris' efforts with the 2014 Dorothy Riker Hoosier Historian Award.

The Centerville resident, who teaches at Ball State University, will receive his award during IHS's annual Founders Day event on Monday in Indianapolis.”

Ronald Morris

December 01, 2014

American Psychological Foundation Seeks Applications From Early Career Psychologists

American Psychological Foundation Seeks Applications From Early Career Psychologists

A single grant of $10,000 will be awarded to an early career psychologist in support of scientifically based research related to methods of intervention and/or treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.
The John and Polly Sparks Foundation partnered with APF to empower early career psychologists to produce scientifically-based research and programs that could provide models for broad-based applications across the country.

RND RFP Bulletin  - November


November 17, 2014

Reminder: GIS Day 2014 Mapping Workshops


On Wednesday, November 19, the Ball State University GIS Knowledge Group, in collaboration with Ball State University Libraries, will be hosting GIS Mapping Workshops in honor of National GIS Day.

All workshops will be held in Bracken Library room 224 (the GIS Research and Map Collection) and will be open to students, faculty, and staff. Reservations aren't required but would be appreciated. Please contact Angie Gibson at if you would like to register in advance.

11:00-11:45 a.m., ArcGIS Online
Instructor: Angie Gibson, Ball State University Libraries

This presentation will outline ArcGIS Online features available to faculty, staff and students and explain how to access them. During this session attendees will learn how to:
·         Obtain access to the BSU ArcGIS Online account and set up class groups
·         Add and search for content
·         Use analysis tools within ArcGIS Online
·         Find out what apps are available within ArcGIS Online (Business Analyst Online, ArcGIS Collector, Community Analyst, ArcGIS Pro)

1:00-2:00 p.m., ArcPad Basics
Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana

This high-level demonstration of how to use ArcPad for field inventory will involve:
·         Defining an item that a user would wish to go in the field and inventory
·         Setting up a data file (shapefile) and related form
·         Setting up a basic map for ArcPad
·         Collecting data points
·         Finally bringing the data back to ArcMap

2:00-3:00 p.m., Advanced ArcPad
Instructor: Joel Bump, State of Indiana

This is a discussion on the more advanced topics of ArcPad; it will be more interactive with the audience to answer their questions. Topics may include (depending on the audience questions):
·         Custom Form/Code development
·         Alternative data sources (ArcSDE, ArcServer, ArcGIS Online)
·         Integration of photos and related tables
·         Integration of various hardware options (GPS pucks, range finders, data collectors)
·         Real time or post processing GPS corrections

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David Letterman Speaker - Brian Storm

We are pleased to announce this week's David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecture and Workshop Series presented by multimedia storyteller Brian Storm.

Storm will present at Ball State University in the Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.

November 14, 2014

Outstanding Awards 2014-2015 Call for Nominations

Each year a faculty selection committee selects recipients for nine very significant awards presented to colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to the university community. Please consider nominating colleagues that you know should be recognized by their peers for their important contribution to Ball State.

The coversheet for each category and the Nomination and Screening Process information can be found on the web page of the Office of the Associate Provost.

October 30, 2014

Ball State Research Week 2014
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October 23, 2014

Research Week 2014

 --Monday, Nov. 17 - Friday, Nov. 21 2014--

"Research Week 2014” is a week-long professional development opportunity for faculty and professional staff seeking to learn more about sponsored programs. Through a number of one-hour sessions throughout the week, participants will develop new skills, gain valuable knowledge about grantseeking, learn about potential sponsors, and professionalize their approach to the proposal development process.
Schedule as of December 3, 2014.
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Monday, November 17


Working with Foundations & Indiana’s Funding Profile

Arts & Journalism Building Room 150
Marissa Manlove, President/CEO, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Marissa Manlove, President/CEO of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, will present an overview of the foundation sector and highlight what sets them apart from other funding sources, including ways they support projects beyond financial awards. Filled with foundation profiles and giving statistics, Ms. Manlove will address trends in giving, the role of foundations in stimulating change, and the way understanding a foundation’s mission is crucial when seeking project support.
 The Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) is a nonprofit association of independent, family, community, public and corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, and other grantmaking organizations throughout Indiana. IPA’s mission is to champion, support and connect its members as they transform Indiana through effective philanthropy.

Focus on the Search

Jessie Roark, Research Information Coordinator
Focus on the Search is a one-hour intensive session on searching for funding opportunities. At the end of this session participants will: (1) Understand why it is important to make searching a regular part of your routine; (2) Learn about the resources SPO has to offer; (3) Learn how to use the COS Pivot database; (4) Conduct a search of your own.
*Session Full* Next available session December 9
4PM session now available!

Tuesday, November 18


Not Funded – Now What?

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor
Justin Miller, Director
You just received notice that your grant proposal was not funded. Now what do you do? Learn how to use the reviewers’ comments to your advantage when revising your proposal. In addition, learn how to become a grant reviewer yourself.

SUBMIT Funds & Incentive Programs

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor
Keith Chandler, Proposal Manager; Linda Swartz, Secretary
SPO receives regular inquiries into its incentive programs, especially the SUBMIT program and Research Incentive Accounts (RIAs). This session aims to answer some of those questions. Learn more about how the SUBMIT program works, the purpose of the RIAs, and how to utilize these incentive funds to enhance your research or creative agenda. Appropriate for both faculty and administrative support personnel.

Cayuse424 Review Session

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor
Augusta Wray, Proposal Manager
Join staff from SPO in learning about Cayuse424, BSU's proposal development, approval, and submission system. Designed for faculty, administrators, and their proxies, participants will learn how to navigate the Cayuse website, and how to review, and then approve, proposals.

Professionalizing your Approach to Seeking External Funding

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor
Stanley Geidel, Program Manager
​Stanley Geidel, SPO Program Manager will discuss how to professionalize your approach to seeking external funding. Perhaps you have previously written and submitted a grant or have met with some preliminary success and received external funding for a smaller project. What’s next? This one-hour session invites you to embrace a fully professional approach to the quest for external funding.

Wednesday, November 19  


Proposal Construction: Developing a Fundable Idea

Educational Resources Room 1, Bracken Library, Basement
Jackie Davis & Sarah Lee, Proposal Managers  
Sponsors support their funding priorities, not yours. So how do you turn your project into one that will be funded? The key is in your response to their request. This program will provide an overview of general proposal development. Using the ASPiRE Junior Faculty Award as a model, this session will deconstruct program guidelines and expose the components necessary for successful development of a fundable idea. The session will conclude with tips on how to package your proposal into one that meets the sponsor’s needs and priorities. This session is open to all beginning grantwriters.
2014 Proposal Construction Presentation (.pptx)
4:00 – 6:00PM

BeneFacta Day

Alumni Center, Assembly Hall

Thursday, November 20  


Fulbright Scholar Information Session

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor
Justin Miller, Director
Dr. Justin Miller, Director of Sponsored Programs will introduce faculty to Fulbright Scholar Program offerings for teaching & research awards in over 125 countries. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Intellectual Property / Technology Transfer Processes & Policy

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor
Stephanie Sisco, Proposal Manager
Navigating the intellectual property process can be confusing for faculty and administrators alike. During this session, attendees will learn more about the intellectual property and technology transfer process and related policies at Ball State. Learning outcomes include a better understanding of the IP process for faculty, the BSU IP policy, and an introduction to the Ball State Innovation Corporation (BSIC).
5:00 – 6:30PM

Speed Networking Event *EVENT CANCELLED*

Music Lounge, L.A. Pittenger Student Center, 2nd Floor
Course Session Details and Registration

Friday, November 21  


Budget Development Workshop

Bracken Library Educational Resources Room 2
Jackie Davis, Proposal Manager  
Developing a project budget and appropriate funding request can make or break your proposal. You know what you want to do and how you want to do it. You have measureable goals, a strong evaluation plan and the best collaborators. You have found a sponsor whose funding priorities are in line with your project. What’s left? THE BUDGET. How much do you ask for? What costs can or should you ask for? How much will your project cost? Welcome to Budget Basics! This session will provide an approach to budget development that can be applied to any type of project or proposal. You will also leave with a basic understanding of the terms “Allowable, Allocable, Reasonable, Costshare and the Prudent Person Test.” This session is open to all grantseekers, regardless of grantwriting experience.
2014 Budget Development Presentation (.pptx)


Managing a Funded Grant

Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library, 1st Floor
Sheila Shafer
Once a grant proposal has been funded by the sponsor, it is important to understand what happens next. This session will discuss the management of funded grants, starting with award acceptance and moving through to grant closure, and will include the following topics: administration of the award, authorized signatories, the role of the Grant Specialist, and more. If you are curious about the next step in the awards management process, this session is for you.

October 20, 2014

Call for Proposals: Cohen Peace Fellowship

The call to submit proposals for the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship is now open! The Fellowship provides support to conduct basic or applied research on topics related to peace. Ball State faculty members AND graduate students are eligible to apply.

  • Faculty Members: Funds may be used for salary, supplies, expenses, and/or travel. Preference will be given to tenure track faculty members at Ball State University. 
  • Graduate Students: Funds may be used for assistantship stipend, supplies, expenses, and/or travel and may also include tuition remission during the academic time period of the fellowship. 
Completed applications and all required materials are due to the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) by 5:00 PM on November 3, 2014. SPO will route the University Clearance Sheet and forward the completed applications to the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. The Cohen Proposal Evaluation Committee will then review the proposals.

For more information on how to apply for the fellowship, visit:

Contact the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at 285-1622 or

October 14, 2014

Discovery Award Grant Application Now Available - Due 11/17


Discovery is a women's collaborative philanthropic group established to support projects and programs at Ball State University.

Discovery members are volunteers who pool annual contributions and work with university administrators to select the projects they support.

Discovery members encourage projects that significantly impact Ball State students, offer immersive learning opportunities, and have potential for other external funding in the future. The maximum grant request amount is $20,000.00.

Discovery will consider funding for: specialized equipment, student assistant wages, graduate assistantships, program administrative costs, and summer stipend (salary is capped at $2,500; plus additional fringe benefits).

Discovery will not consider funding for: faculty release time, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs.

For guidelines, cover page, and application please visit the Discovery Award webpage:

October 09, 2014

Publications Graduate Assistant position now available for the '14-'15 academic year and summer 2015: apply now! (Deadline: October 17, 2014)

Ball State University
Graduate Assistantship Available

The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) announces a full-time (20 hrs/week) graduate assistantship available for the Spring 2015 semester with potential for continuing in Summer Semester 2015 and beyond.

Position Title:                        Publications Assistant

Position Reportage:             The graduate assistant reports to the Director of the Sponsored Programs Office and designee, Proposal Manager / Research Editor.