November 30, 2015

Ball State Research, Fall 2015

Ball State Research, Fall 2015

You can read Ball State Research on Issuu here and on the Ball State SPA website.

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 Schedule

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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Research Week 2015 Schedule:

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Research Week 2015 Session Presentations (.pptx) available.

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