November 19, 2015

RSVP for Research Week's final workshop: Budget Development -- 9:30-10:30am Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 -- Schwartz Complex, Bracken Library

The Ball State Sponsored Projects Administration wraps up the annual Research Week tomorrow (Friday, November 20, 2015).

Don't miss our workshop on Budget Development hosted by SPA's Associate Director of Pre-award Operations Jacqueline Davis from 9:30 - 10:30am at the Schwartz Complex on the 1st floor of Bracken Library.
You can RSVP for the Budget Development workshop here.
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 measurable 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.

Unfortunately, PechaKucha 20X20 Night has been canceled.

Congratulations to the AY 2015/2016 Start-Up Program Awardees!

Tenure-track faculty in their first year of employment with Ball State University who have not received significant research‐related or creative endeavor start-up funds from their department or college are eligible for the Start-Up Program, offered under SPA's Aspire Internal Grants for Faculty.

The aim of this program is to help new faculty members purchase supplies, research-related items, and travel to conferences or workshops with a one-time $3,000 supplies, expenses, equipment, and travel (SEET) grant.

The Ball State University Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) congratulates the

AY 2015 / 2016 Start-Up Program awardees:

James Keretes - CAP - “Deviating from Convention: Finding Opportunities in Errors” 
Caroline Hand - CFA - “Female Composer Performance and Research” Faculty Profile
John West - CAP - “The Rule of Choice: How Economic Theory Became Practical Policy” Faculty Profile
Nathan Bogert - CFA - “Saxophone Student Start-Up (A new Student Guide to Professional Saxophone Equipment)” Faculty Profile
Emily Rutter - CSH - “Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of African American Baseball Experiences” Faculty Profile
Simon Balto    - CSH - “Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power” Faculty Profile
Laura Bassette - TC - “The Use of Technology to Teach Adolescents with Autism Physical Activity  in Community Settings” Faculty Profile
Sean Hildebrand - CSH - “Controlling Disasters: Local Emergency Management Perceptions About Federal Emergency Management and Homeland Security Actions Since September 11, 2001” Faculty Profile
Jerry Woodward - CSH - “The construction of algebraic reasoning in and through multiplicative concepts” Faculty Profile
Deborah Davis - CCIM - “Student Success & Faculty Advising, Innovative Pedagogy & Student Success in Active Learning Environments, Use of Mobile Technology in the Public Relations Sector”
Faculty Profile
Katy Didden - CSH - “The Lava on Iceland” Faculty Profile
Martin Smith-Rodden - CCIM - “Start Up funds for Laboratory for Media Psychology at BSU” Faculty Profile
Jill Bradley-Levine - TC - “Research Study of Teacher Leaders’ Influence on Teachers’ Perceptions of the Teacher Evaluation Process” Faculty Profile
Rachel Fredericks - CSH - “Moral Responsibility” Faculty Profile
Lisa Hawkins - TC - “Novice Teacher Enactment of Classroom Talk During Primary-Grade Writing Instruction: A Case Study” Faculty Profile
Alexandra List - TC - “Parsing Plagiarism: Examining Students' Writing Based on Multiple Texts” Faculty Profile
Leeann Lower - CAST - “Qualitative Investigation of the Collegiate Sport Club Model”
Nicole Martin - TC - “Teaching Informational Reading and Writing in Kindergarten” Faculty Profile
Elizabeth Wanless - CAST - “Step Up for Health: Boys and Girls Club” Faculty Profile

For questions regarding the Aspire Program, please contact the Aspire Program Manager, or email

November 12, 2015

Research Week 2015!

Research Week 2015

The Sponsored Projects Administration is proud to present Research Week 2015. Research Week is a series of professional development opportunities, information sessions and special presentations designed especially for the Ball State research community. RSVPs are welcome for all events (links in the descriptions), but not required.   
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November 02, 2015

National Science Foundation Grants Conference Availible Online

The National Science Foundation has announced that the November 2-3 NSF Grants Conference will be live-cast over the web for interested members of the research community. After the conference concludes all plenary sessions will also be available for viewing at a later date. This conference is intended for researchers and administrators who wish to to gain insight into current issues at the NSF including the state of current funding; new and current policies and procedures; and pertinent administrative issues

The webcast is offered free of charge, but does require prior registration.

All of the presentations will be available on the conference website under the Conference Documents tab. Presentation files will be added to the website as they become available, so please check back frequently.

Webcast Schedule:
Monday, November 2, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. EST – Welcoming Remarks
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. EST – Introduction & NSF Overview
9:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST – Proposal Preparation
1:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. EST – Merit Review Process
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST – Post Award Monitoring & Compliance
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST – Award Management

Tuesday, November 3, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST – NSF Policy Update
11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. EST – Office of the Inspector General
11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. EST – Funding Mechanism Overview
1:20 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. EST – Emerging Research Institution (ERI) Roundtable
2:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST – Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

October 16, 2015

Foundation Grant Writing Workshop

CAST, in partnership with the Sponsored Projects Administration, will be presenting a Foundation Grant Writing Workshop on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 1-5 pm in the Alumni Center. Faculty from all disciplines are invited to attend. Participants will hear from the Ball Brothers Foundation, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, SPA, and faculty who have been successful in securing foundation funding. The event will conclude with time for networking, complete with wine and cheese.

Please RSVP here. Contact CAST Associate Dean Tony Mahon or SPA Director Justin Miller for additional information.

October 05, 2015

ASPiRE Student Program Deadlines


Working on a thesis or major project? Planning to present at a conference or exhibition?

Then look to the ASPiRE Internal Grants Program as a funding resource!

The University Research and Creative Arts Committees would like to encourage students to consider applying for an ASPiRE Graduate or Undergraduate student grant. Funds can be utilized to assist in project costs such as travel or supplies. Please note: All student projects require the support of a faculty mentor or advisor.

Graduate Student Competition:
Research: October 20 (Winter and Spring projects); January 20 (Summer and Fall projects) Supports the discovery of new insights, theories, or application of research to solve problems within the discipline or in society.

Creative Arts: October 20 (Winter and Spring projects); January 20 (Summer and Fall projects) Supports the creation of original works of creative arts.

Hollis Fund:
The Joseph W. and Marcella S. Hollis Fund supports research in psychology. Proposals from any department are eligible, as long as the project is psychology based. (Graduate Students only)
Award Amount: $400
Deadlines: Fall: October 1 Spring: April 1 

Undergraduate Student Competition:
Research: November 10 (Winter and Spring projects); February 10 (Summer and Fall projects) Supports the discovery of new insights, theories, or application of research to solve problems within the discipline or in society.

Creative Arts: November 10 (Winter and Spring projects); February 10 (Summer and Fall projects) Supports the creation of original works of creative arts.

Student Travel Grants:
15th of the month prior to travel date
For professional presentations of papers and/or posters, performances, etc., at meetings, conference or competitions.

See our website for detailed guidelines and application forms. For questions regarding the Aspire Internal Grant Program, please contact the Aspire Program Manager at:

September 01, 2015

Discovery Award Grant Application Now Available - Due 11/15


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 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).