Provost Immersive Learning Grant Application
Ball State University’s Office of the Provost and Office of Immersive Learning are pleased to accept proposals for new and continuing immersive learning projects.
A project is considered to be "immersive" if the proposed scope of work solves a problem or fills the needs of a community partner. Please review definitions embedded in the grant application. If you have further questions, please contact Suzanne Plesha, director of faculty support and assessment, in the Office of Immersive Learning.
How to Apply
To apply, please be aware of the following:
- Proposals for immersive learning projects to begin summer 2018, fall 2018, or spring 2019 are due 5 p.m., Monday, February 5, 2018.
- There will be a separate call for proposals in February for projects to begin spring 2019 through fall 2019.
CLICK HERE TO START SUBMISSION
Fill out the online submission form using link above. You will be asked to create a personal account and have the option to return to the form as many times as needed. Be sure to click "save" after each addition or edit, and click "submit" when the application is complete. Both buttons are located at the bottom of the form.
- Fill out the online form as completely as possible. Most fields on the form are required. Mark "N/A" for those that do not apply.
- Preference will be given to projects that are or could be a part of existing courses in the future.
- Proposals must be endorsed and approved by the applicant’s department chair and college dean. The Office of Entrepreneurial Learning will contact chairs and deans for approval after a complete submission is received. Please notify your department chair and dean that this request will be forthcoming.
- To be considered, all proposals must be project-based and driven by undergraduate students. Immersive learning projects should culminate with the delivery and/or presentation of products in a manner consistent with the needs of the community partner.
- Funds for graduate student support may be available, but the learning outcomes and project activities should be geared to undergraduate students.
- Please request travel funding that is only associated with completing project goals within the semester in which it is requested. The Office of Entrepreneurial Learning will consider requests for post-project travel (conferences, presentations, etc.) separately. For more information on this new policy, contact Suzanne Plesha.
- Interdisciplinary proposals involving multiple departments and colleges are encouraged.
- Projects involving international travel should include a letter of support from Dr. Mary Theresa Seig, Assistant Provost of International Programs.
- Projects requiring technical support and/or maintenance should include a letter of support from Brandon Smith, Director of Academic Project Support.
- Members of the Immersive Learning Advisory Committee, along with the President’s Fellows for Immersive Learning, are available for consultation on all projects. In the application, please provide the name(s) of all consultants contacted during the application process in the space provided on the form.
- Proposals will be evaluated by a peer committee, which will make recommendations to the provost. Final funding decisions are made by the provost, in consultation with the associate provost for entrepreneurial learning.
- Faculty receiving funds are required to do the following according to OIL’s deadlines:
- Provide a final or interim report at the end of the semester in which the project takes place.
- Participate in OIL assessment programs. For more information on the current assessment plan, click here.
- Enter project information into the Digital Measures faculty activity-tracking platform.
- Assist OIL in implementing student and partner surveys related to your project
OIL staff will assist faculty in completing the above requirements. Failure to complete these steps could result in frozen funds, delayed reimbursements, and/or faculty becoming ineligible for future funding under this program. For more information about these requirements, contact Suzanne Plesha.
- A faculty member can submit more than one proposal during a given call, but faculty can only receive funding for one proposal in an award cycle. If more than one proposal is submitted, the faculty member’s chair will be asked to rank the projects according to available department resources. If the review committee likes more than one proposal submitted by a faculty member, the committee will use the chairs’ input to determine which project will be funded.
CLICK HERE TO START SUBMISSION
For a text version of the online submission form, click here for new or continuing projects.
For frequently asked questions, check here.
For information regarding stipends, buyouts, and overloads, check here.
For required assessment plan, check here.
To see examples of funded projects, check here.
Undergraduate research experiences are both entrepreneurial and transformational. Students gain understanding of published works, apply new knowledge to world challenges, and learn collaboration skills that jumpstart their professional careers in the sciences, humanities, and design. For some, these experiences ignite a lifelong passion for research, which can lead to graduate school and professions in higher education. Student-centered undergraduate research is an essential component in Ball State’s goal of becoming a model 21st century public research university.
Examples of high-impact, undergraduate research projects can be found across Ball State’s campus:
- Each year, biology students engage in research opportunities across the region and internationally. Learn more.
- The Chemistry Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) connects students to an active research community and financial assistance to conduct research and present their findings. Learn more.
- Psychology students interested in pursuing a master’s degree can participate in assistantships that will prepare them for their application to graduate school. Learn more.
- Students in the honors curriculum complete a senior thesis as a part of their final requirement, and these projects often include a research component. Learn more.
- Faculty mentors in geological sciences facilitate student research on cutting-edge topics in the geosciences. Learn more.
- Academic advisors in criminal justice and criminology help students identify projects that address real-world problems. Past projects include work exploring juvenile justice, victim-centered perspectives, and police brutality. Learn more.
Work on a project
Each semester, new opportunities are announced. To learn more about undergraduate projects in your discipline, contact your home department. For interdisciplinary opportunities and upcoming programs, contact Suzanne Plesha in the Office of Immersive Learning.