Applying for a Discovery Grant

Discovery members encourage projects that significantly impact Ball State students, offer immersive learning opportunities, and have potential for other external funding in the future.  The maximum grant request amount is $25,000.00. 

Discovery will consider funding for: specialized equipment, student assistant wages, graduate assistantships, program administrative costs, and summer stipend (salary is capped at $2,500; plus additional fringe benefits).


Discovery will not consider funding for: faculty release time, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs.


Timeline for Grant Proposals
The grant period for Discovery Awards will be from May 1st to June 30th the following year.

  • September 1st – Invitation cycle to submit proposals begins
  • November 15* – Grant proposals due to Sponsored Projects Administration. If this date falls on a weekend, the deadline will be extended to Monday.    

  • Mid‐January – The top grant proposals are selected; all applicants notified of decision 
  • March 16, 2016 – Selected grant proposals are presented at the annual Discovery meeting and the grant award decisions will be made the same day.

Link to PDF:

Discovery Proposal Application