December 09, 2011

Immersive Learning Program: January 30

Immersive learning, the heart of a Ball State education, melds content, skills, societal need, and your interests into an intense, transformative experience. Immersive learning pulls together interdisciplinary student teams that solve problems for community partners. The result is a final product that enhances the community with a lasting impact. Students have created business plans, Web sites, documentaries, content and applications for emerging media, publications, and much more.

In order to enhance your unit’s immersive learning opportunities, the Immersive Learning Advisory Committee has created new procedures that they hope will allow for increased funding.
  1. Grants for New Projects: The application procedure remains the same as other calls. Proposals are due to the Office of the Provost by 5:00 p.m. January 30, 2012.
  2. Grants for Previously Funded or Continuing Projects: Focuses on the success of a previously funded immersive learning project and how it has evolved. The client and/or the product may be different, but the applicant(s), nature of the project, and learning objectives are the same as a previously funded project. Proposals are due to the Provost's office by 5:00 p.m. January 30, 2012.
  3. Travel Grants: Travel that is a part of the project (either Item 1 or 2 above) should be included in the application. Faculty members who are presenting immersive learning research or projects at professional meetings may seek travel funding directly from the Office of the Provost. Requests for travel funding and the application procedure should be directed to Jackie Buckrop. Proof of invitation will be required. These funds are not limited to faculty members who have been previously funded by this initiative. All faculty members who are presenting immersive learning research or immersive projects are welcome to apply. 
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact Jackie Buckrop.

More information about Immersive Learning at Ball State University can be found on the Provost website.

December 05, 2011

Financial Conflict of Interest webinar follow up

On November 30th NIH held a Financial Conflict of Interest webinar that described what changed since the regulation was revised and how the changes affect you.  NIH provides information for both administrators and investigators, with a Q and A session at the end.

All institutions applying for or receiving NIH funding must implement the new regulation by August 24, 2012. So if you are a current grantee or hope to be one in the future, SPO suggests you tune in! A recording of the event and the slides are located here.  

December 01, 2011

Webinar: NIH AREA: Goals, Changes, and Tips - December 6th

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a new program announcement for the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA; R15), the agency’s tailor-made mechanism for supporting excellent, smaller-scale research projects at colleges and universities that receive comparatively little NIH funding. Applications are due by February 25, June 25, and October 25 annually.

 The AREA program director, Erica Brown, will conduct an informative AREA overview, touching on the goals of the program, changes to the PA, and tips for writing a competitive proposal.

This informative webinar will be hosted by the Sponsored Programs Office on Tuesday, December 6th, 2:00pm - 3:30pm. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Augusta Wray by Monday, December 5th.