February 04, 2014

2014 Grantsmanship Information Session Recap

Throughout the year, the Sponsored Programs Office conducts many workshops and information sessions for students, faculty, and staff. This year, the Third Annual Grantsmanship Information Session (GIS) took place from 1:30 – 4:00 pm on Monday, February 3 in the Student Center.

Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research at Northern Illinois University presented the keynote address Research at Ball State Redefined: Empowering Faculty. A Knowledge Unit Meet & Greet was held shortly thereafter consisting of various campus centers and institutes. Ball State affiliates from various fields of study were given the opportunity to attend this networking event created to foster interdisciplinary research while exploring potential opportunities for collaboration – pivotal factors in externally funded projects. Each Knowledge Unit provided GIS attendees with ample opportunities to learn about both new and familiar subject.

Knowledge and Support Units Included:
  • Applied Archaeology Laboratories
  • Building Better Communities
  • Center for Energy Research/Education/Service
  • Center for Gifted Studies and Talent Development
  • Center for International Development
  • Center for Middletown Studies
  • Center for Peace and Conflict Studies

GIS attendees also had a chance to join one of the Concurrent Information Sessions that followed the Knowledge Unit Meet & Greet. 

Positioning New Faculty for Success in Research 
Dr. David Stone presented several research practices to help build a solid foundation for new faculty members to successfully begin their research agenda.  

Fulbright Scholar Information Session
Mr. Justin Miller, Director of Sponsored Programs introduced the Fulbright Scholar Program which sends both faculty and professionals abroad each year as they conduct research in various academic and professional fields.

Professionalize Your Approach to Grantsmanship
SPO Program Manager, Dr. Stanley Geidel discussed a professional approach to seeking external funding by examining three important roles that faculty occupy in the Academy: the roles of professor, principal investigator, and grantseeker. 

New Ways to Approach Private and Foundation Funding
Presented by Richard Dunfee, Executive Director of the Grants Resource Center and his colleague Program Advisor Richard Wellons, this presentation explored the current state of private funding while examining the trends that colleges and universities should consider when applying for grants offered by corporations and foundations. 

The Sponsored Programs Office would like to give a special thanks to our guest speakers Dr. David Stone, Dr. Richard Dunfee and Dr. Richard Wellons along with those who served in the Sponsored Programs Office who were instrumental in the success of the event.  


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