September 01, 2015

Discovery Award Grant Application Now Available - Due 11/15

APPLICATIONS DUE NOVEMBER 15, 2015! 

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 $25,000.00.

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 application please visit the Discovery Award webpage.

August 31, 2015

Indiana Academy of Science Semi-Annual Deadline Approaching

The semi-annual deadline for the Indiana Academy of Science Senior Research Grants program is coming up on September 15, 2015. Ball State has had a great deal of success with these grant and we highly encourage faculty to apply. The next cycle deadline is March 1, 2016.

From the Indiana Academy of Science website, "The Indiana Academy of Science Senior Research Grants Program makes awards of up to $3000 to Academy members or students they sponsor to purchase supplies, support travel and field expenses, pay research assistants, and provide other items required to conduct novel scientific research." Also, see the IAS website for program background, eligibility guidelines and other information about this grant program. 

If you have any questions, or are interested in applying for this opportunity, contact SPA or your Proposal Manager.

August 04, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Research typically results in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.

An outright award of $6,000 is provided for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. In accordance with NEH guidelines, Ball State may nominate two faculty proposals.

Ball State internal application deadline is September 3, 2015. 
Deadline for final submission to the NEH is October 1 for projects beginning May 2016.

Click here for full guidelines. 

Materials to submit for the September 3 internal review: 
 1. The Ball State NEH Summer Stipend Internal Application Coversheet **This form is in lieu of ATTACHMENT 1: Supplemental Information for Individuals Form

2. A single copy of the application, including:
  • a. 3-page (single-spaced) narrative 
  • b. 2-page (single-spaced) resumé 
  • c. 1-page (single-spaced) bibliography 
  • d. 1-page appendix (graphical materials or edition/translation sample, if applicable) 
You do not need to include reference letters at this time.
You do not need to have processed a Ball State clearance sheet.

Selected proposals will be submitted electronically through grants.gov by the October 1 deadline. Please submit your completed internal application to Augusta Wray by September 3.

July 24, 2015

“Huddle Up!”

Last month the Sponsored Projects Administration, along with Dr. Robert Morris, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School, hosted three open forums for faculty members to ask questions regarding President Ferguson’s Academic Excellence Grants Program. There was a lot of useful information relayed at these meetings and they allowed faculty members, as well as SPA staff, to clear up some ambiguities regarding the program (Related: Check out the Q&A document on the Academic Excellence Grant Program webpage). During the course of these forums several faculty members asked, “What happens if my SPA Proposal Manager isn’t available when I need them?” That is a great question!

SPA Staff Review Nascent
Throughout the year there will be times when Proposal Managers, for one reason or another, are unavailable. To keep things running smoothly in the event of absences (planned or unplanned) the Proposal Managers and SPA administrative staff have a weekly meeting called “the Huddle.”

In the Huddle, the staff spends time walking through an office document called “Nascent.” Nascent is a spreadsheet listing of all the known proposals coming through the pipeline at the University. This is a great opportunity for Proposal Managers to discuss where each proposal is in the development process, bring up any issues they have run into while working on specific proposals, and draw on the collective knowledge and experience of the pre-award team.

The Huddle also helps keeps the entire pre-award staff in the loop regarding each individual’s current work load and allows arrangements to be made for another Proposal Manager to take over should there be a planned absence (vacation, conference, etc.) in the near future.

In the case of unplanned absences, Nascent helps the rest of the team quickly assess what proposals need to be covered. Since all upcoming proposals are listed on one document, and have been previously discussed in the Huddle, it is a relatively easy process for one Proposal Manager to hand off proposals to others for assistance.

Of course the preference is to work with one Proposal Manager from start to submission, but that isn’t always possible. The SPA staff is well prepared to keep operations running smoothly and provide faculty with uninterrupted assistance in the case of an absence. If you still have concerns regarding this issue feel free to contact the Sponsored Projects Administration (Email or 285-1600).

From GRC Grantweek: Government-Wide Science and Technology FY 17 Priorities Announced

by Graeff, Frank J. 

In preparation for the FY 17 Federal Budget, the Obama Administration has released a memorandum to guide the requests of the nation's research and development agencies. The new document, Multi-Agency Science and Technology Priorities for the FY 2017 Budget, states the need for agencies to design budgets that focus on publishing federally funded scientific results, commercializing new technology, and address nine agency-wide research priorities, in addition to agency specific tasks. Although the memorandum does not list specific funding levels, it does give an insight into the top priorities of future federal research.

While recognizing that every agency has specific research areas relevant to their mission, the memorandum asks all agencies to balance those goals with "multi-agency research activities that cannot be addressed effectively by a single agency". The multi-agency priorities include 1) Global climate change; 2) Clean energy; 3) Earth observations; 4) Advanced manufacturing and industries of the future; 5) Innovation in life sciences, biology and neuroscience; 6) National and homeland security; 7) Information technology and high-performance computing; 8) Ocean and Arctic issues; and 9) R&D for informed policy-making and management. Agencies are asked to craft budgets that give proper consideration to these goals, including ensuring that Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer awards and programs contribute to the above multi-agency priorities.

This memo comes at the beginning of the budget process. Federal agency managers will spend the next few months developing their FY 17 budget requests for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. Budget managers have been previously warned that submissions should reflect a 5 percent reduction from the planning figure contained in the FY 16 request. OMB will comment on the FY 17 requests by late November, with the budget going to Congress in early February 2016.

http://www.aascu.org/grc/grantweekweb.aspx?id=11775&pubdate=2015-07-20#40

July 17, 2015

Education Studies Faculty Member Awarded NEA "Big Read" Grant

Dr. Bo Chang from Educational Studies has been awarded a $15,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. This article from the Ball State News Center gives more information on Dr. Chang and her Big Read project.

July 06, 2015

Graduate Assistantship Available

The Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) announces a full-time (20 hrs/week) graduate assistantship available for the 2015-16 Academic Year, with potential for continuing into Summer Semester 2016.

Position Title: School Grantwriting Assistant

Position Reportage: The graduate assistant reports to the Associate Director of Pre-Award Operations, Sponsored Projects Administration.

Position Duties and Responsibilities: As School Grantwriting Assistant, primary responsibilities include working specifically with Burris Laboratory School and Indiana Academy Administration, Faculty and PTO to identify and disseminate funding opportunities; consult with teacher/project director on proposal vision, educational standards addressed and classroom impact; be the primary author of classroom grant proposals for smaller Teacher/ classroom grants. Working under SPA supervision, the GA, will have a presence in the schools, and is expected to attend teacher and PTO meetings; time commitment may include evenings and weekends; other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 
A competitive applicant will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education or related field 
  • Must be available to work 20 flexible hours per week, which may include evenings 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Strong technical writing skills 
  • Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and technical troubleshooting capabilities 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a highly organized, detailed manner 
  • Demonstrated time management and problem solving skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines 
  • Willingness to complete training for policy regarding working with minors and grant permission for limited criminal history check. 


Preferred: 

  • K-12 teaching/classroom experience 
  • Pursuing a degree related to K-12 education or administration. 
  • Successful completion of the course EDST 697 “The Grant Process and Research” 


Schedule: Time requirement is 20 hours per week. May be required to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Application: To apply, please submit, via email, to Ms. Jackie Davis in Sponsored Projects Administration (jsdavis@bsu.edu) the following materials in PDF or Word format:

  • Letter of interest, including a description of skills, experience, aspirations 
  • Résumé, including contact information (email address & telephone number) 
  • A writing sample of approximately 1,000 words 
  • Three references, including names, titles, and telephone/email addresses 


Submission Date: No later than July 22, 2015

Interviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Ball State University operates on an equal opportunity basis in hiring practices.

June 03, 2015

National Institutes of Health Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

Last month the National Institutes of Health Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration was held in Baltimore, Maryland. Here is a link to the webpage with presentation materials from the conference. There are dozens of presentations covering policy, proposal development, award management, and many other topics. If you are interested in pursuing NIH funding you might find some of this information useful. Contact SPA or your proposal manager if you have any questions.

May 20, 2015

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Research typically results in articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months.

An outright award of $6,000 is provided for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. In accordance with NEH guidelines, Ball State may nominate two faculty proposals.

Ball State internal application deadline is September 3, 2015. 
Deadline for final submission to the NEH is October 1 for projects beginning May 2016.

Click here for full guidelines. 

Materials to submit for the September 3 internal review: 
 1. The Ball State NEH Summer Stipend Internal Application Coversheet **This form is in lieu of ATTACHMENT 1: Supplemental Information for Individuals Form

2. A single copy of the application, including:
  • a. 3-page (single-spaced) narrative 
  • b. 2-page (single-spaced) resumé 
  • c. 1-page (single-spaced) bibliography 
  • d. 1-page appendix (graphical materials or edition/translation sample, if applicable) 
You do not need to include reference letters at this time.
You do not need to have processed a Ball State clearance sheet.

Selected proposals will be submitted electronically through grants.gov by the October 1 deadline. Please submit your completed internal application to Augusta Wray by September 3.

April 30, 2015

BSU Finalist in US-Russia Partnership Program Competition

Ball State University is a finalist in the US-Russia University Partnership Program’s (UPP) Contact Project Funding Competition.

The Contact Project Funding is the first of two stages in the UPP’s partnership funding process. In this stage, three pairs of institutions will be chosen to receive up to $2,500 to facilitate the development of their proposals for the second stage. Ball State’s pair institution is Novgorod State University in Russia.

Contact project funding covers expenses for the establishment of communication channels, conduct of preliminary research or other information-gathering, and organization of meeting(s) between partner institutions.”

The second stage is the Linkage Project Funding competition. In this stage, the “UPP invites pairs of Russian and US higher education institutions to submit jointly-developed proposals for mutually-beneficial projects that build partnerships between institutions in both countries.”

“The US-Russia University Partnership Program (UPP) is an initiative for mutual cultural and academic collaboration that connects higher education institutions in Russia and [the] US with one another and supports the launch of new bilateral partnerships,” according to the UPP website. “It provides professors, researchers, administrators and other higher education professionals in Russia and [the] US an opportunity to broaden the scope of their activities and learn from the vast wealth of knowledge and experience the counterpart institution brings to the partnership.”