February 28, 2013

NIH and NSF Release Statements Regarding Sequestration

The National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health have issued statement regarding the impact of the sequestration order on their fiscal year 2013 operations. 

February 27, 2013

The 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program core competition is now open!

The 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program core competition is now open.
The Fulbright Scholar Program offers teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries for the 2014-2015 academic year. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others.

In order to meet the changing needs of academia and develop new options to accommodate better the interests and commitments of today’s scholars, the program has introduced several innovations to the 2014-2015 program, including: Fulbright Flex Awards, Fulbright Postdoctoral/Early Career Awards, Salary Stipend Supplements, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language Awards.

Interested faculty and professionals are encouraged to learn more about these opportunities, and hundreds of others, by visiting the Catalog of Awards.

The application deadline for most awards is August 1, 2013. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements and detailed award descriptions visit our website at http://www.cies.org/us_scholars/us_awards/ or contact us at scholars@iie.org.

February 20, 2013

Cohen Peace Travel Funds Available

There are funds available from the Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Fellowship Fund to support faculty members and graduate students that are presenting scholarly papers or serving on a symposium at professional conferences on topics directly connected to the mission of the Cohen Fund which "is to provide a lasting memorial to Benjamin Cohen by fostering new approaches to the problems of peacemaking."

Awards from the fund shall be used to memorialize Mr. Cohen's commitment to the attainment of world peace by focusing on the study and discussion of world issues that affect world peace.

Two awards of up to $500 are available for this academic year. Funds may only be used to offset travel expenses (e.g., airfare, lodging, local transportation, meals).

You can find the application linked with this opportunity at: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/peace/academicopps/cohenpeacetravelfund

Information about the Cohen Fellowship Program can be found at: http://cms.bsu.edu/academics/centersandinstitutes/peace/academicopps/cohenpeacefellowship

Please note that is ESSENTIAL that a submitted proposal clearly articulate how the presentation fits with the mission of the Cohen Fund. Proposals that are not consistent with this mission will not be reviewed. Please also note that the deadline to apply for these funds is March 1, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Larry Gerstein, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies
765-285-1622 peacecenter@bsu.edu

February 18, 2013

2013 Emerging Media Innovation Grants

2013 Emerging Media Innovation Grants

In partnership with the Vice Provost for Research, the Emerging Media Initiative is awarding two branches of grants for which full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and contract) are eligible to apply. Professional personnel in collaboration with faculty are also eligible. Read the application requirements (PDF).

We are accepting applications for funding in these two areas:

• Proposal preparation for external emerging media-related funding of $50,000 or more ($5,000 summer stipend)
• Seed funding for commercializable concepts, tools and processes involving emerging media ($5-7,000 summer stipend)

Applications are due to emi@bsu.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013. Awardees will be announced by Friday, April 5.

Please direct questions to Erin Moore, eemoore2@bsu.edu or 5-0068.

February 07, 2013



Monday, February 25 2013, 1:30 – 4:00 pm, Student Center, 2nd Floor

The Sponsored Programs Office is pleased to invite you to attend any and all of the following sessions:

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 1:30 – 2:30 PM (Cardinal Hall B)
Dr. Richard Dunfee, Executive Director of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Grants Resource Center will share his insights on emerging issues in higher education grants, federal funding trends, and provide illustrations of successful proposal development strategies.

KNOWLEDGE UNIT MEET & GREET: 2:30 – 3:00 PM (Cardinal Hall A)
A variety of centers and institutes on campus create an environment of dynamic thinking that fosters interdisciplinary research and collaboration - factors that are pivotal in externally funded projects. Join us at this networking event to learn about the work of these Knowledge Units and explore potential opportunities for collaboration. Knowledge and Support Units include:
  • Applied Archaeology Laboratories
  • Aquatic Biology and Fisheries Center
  • Building Better Communities
  • Center for International Development
  • Global Health Institute
  • Interactive Learning Spaces
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Security and Software Engineering Research Center
  • Social Science Research Center

CONCURRENT INFORMATION SESSIONS: 3:00 – 4:00 PM (Various Locations)  
Grant Writing 101 (Cardinal Hall B)
New to grant writing? Not sure how to get started? Join Dr. Richard Dunfee to learn specific strategies to establish your funding agenda and launch your career in grantsmanship.

Fulbright Information Session (Music Lounge)
Dr. Dominic Caristi, Professor of Telecommunications and Mr. Justin Miller, Director of Sponsored Programs will present 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.

Federal Funding Opportunities for PUI’s (Forum Room)
Ms. Jackie Davis, SPO Proposal Manager will discuss federal funding opportunities available to Predominately Undergraduate Institutions (PUI). Learn how to play to Ball State’s strengths as a PUI and pursue grants such the National Institutes of Health AREA or the National Science Foundation RUI grant.

To RSVP for the event, contact the Sponsored Programs Office at 765-285-1600 or spo@bsu.edu.

February 06, 2013

From The Grantsmanship Center: Changes Ahead for the Federal Grant System

Changes Ahead for Federal Grant System

On February 1, 2013, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released specific proposals for comprehensive grant reform guidance. Comments from those who want to help shape the outcome are due by May 2, 2013.

Get a heads-up on what's coming down. A free 2-page article, by Henry Flood, The Grantsmanship Center's senior advisor for grant management, tells you where to get the information you need to assess how the proposed changes will affect your organization and whether or not to submit comments.

Besides pointing you to the 250-page document that contains the full text of the OMB's proposals, he also provides details on a free webinar that's coming up on Friday, February 8 - and more. Go to www.cfo.gov for more information about the webinar.

From NIH: FY2012 By The Numbers

In a recent post over at the National Institutes of Health's Rock Talk blog Dr. Sally Rockey, the NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research, presents a summary of the FY2012 NIH numbers. This post presents information on success rates, applications, awards, and many other points of interest.

Dr. Rockey is pleased with the FY2012 numbers. She states in the post, "Despite a flat budget and complex fiscal times, we maintained last year’s success rate and slightly increased the amount of award dollars that went to research project grants."

Click here to read the post.