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About Our Office

When pursuing sponsored projects and doing research at Ball State, there are two offices housed in one building you should know about: the Sponsored Programs Offices (SPO) and the Contracts and Grants Office (CGO).

Click here to view a three minute video describing SPO's proposal development process.

Mission Statement

The Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) at Ball State supports the university's mission by assisting Ball State University personnel in the quest for external funding to carry out their research, scholarship, and creative activity. Support includes identifying potential funding opportunities, guidance in proposal and budget development, and submission of proposals to funding agencies. SPO offers workshops in proposal preparation, administers the University's research incentive programs, and supports early seed funding through the Aspire internal grant program.

SPO fosters an atmosphere of academic, scientific, and creative inquiry; internal and external collaboration; cross-disciplinary teamwork; entrepreneurial thinking; and community engagement while promoting integrity, responsibility, and ethics in all phases of scientific, intellectual, and artistic inquiry.

SPO is primarily responsible for these major administrative areas:

SPO also helps you address:

For more about the Contracts and Grants office, visit the CGO Web site.