Applying for a Discovery Grant

Discovery members encourage projects that are in line with Ball State University’s Centennial Commitment. The Discovery Group is seeking proposals that lead to the University’s aspiration of being a model of the most student-centered and community engaged of the 21st Century public research universities transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders committed to improving quality of life for all.

The maximum grant request may be up to $25,000.  A Project Director may only hold one Discovery award per fiscal year.

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 overloads, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs.

Please work with your assigned Proposal Manager in the Sponsored Programs Administration to complete and submit your proposal. 

Link to proposal form

Link to scoring rubric

Timeline for Grant Proposals

The grant period Discovery Awards will be from May 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

  • October 1, 2017 – Cycle to submit proposals begins. Please work with your Sponsored Programs Proposal Manager for proposal development, review and budget preparation.
  • December 1, 2017, 5:00 PM – All Final proposals due as a single pdf file emailed to You will receive confirmation of proposal receipt.
  • January, 2018 – The grants committee will select the top proposals for presentation at the Discovery Annual Meeting; all applicants will be notified of decision at this time.
  • March, 2018 – The selected proposals are presented at the Discovery Annual Meeting. Following a vote by the Discovery Members attending the meeting the grant awards will be announced that day.

Post-Grant Report

A final report will be required of all grantees by August, 15, 2019.  The reporting requirements will be outlined in the award letter.  Grant recipients are expected to share the results of their work at various Discovery Events throughout the year.