Informational Videos

Proposal Components

When pursuing sponsored projects and doing research at Ball State, the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) supports the university's mission by assisting Ball State personnel in their quest for external funding. Support includes identifying potential funding opportunities, guidance in proposal and budget development, and submission of proposals to funding agencies. 

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. 

To learn more, click here to view a three minute video describing SPO's proposal development process. 

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Knowledge Groups

As a way of supporting innovation here at Ball State, a variety of centers and institutes on campus create an environment of dynamic thinking that fosters interdisciplinary research. At BSU it is possible to establish formal knowledge creation organizations that represent strategic commitment with long term vision. The term "knowledge creation" is intended to be inclusive of all creative, design, research, scholarly, and other forms of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary work. 

To learn more, click here to view a three minute video describing various features of establishing a Knowledge Group.

Knowledge Groups SPOClip Transcript

Incentive Programs

The Sponsored Programs Office offers incentive programs designed to encourage and promote proposal submissions to external sponsors by providing various levels of monetary support. Incentive awards are for eligible proposal submissions and distribution of a portion of the indirect costs collected on funded projects. 

To learn more, click here to view a five minute video describing various features of SPO's Incentive Programs.

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Aspire Internal Grants

Ball State University's Aspire Internal Grant Program provides funding to faculty, professional personnel, and students to support projects in the areas of research, scholarly studies, and creative endeavors. Aspire awards further the goal of ultimtely seeking sponsorship from external funding agencies. 

To learn more, click here to view a four minute video describing SPO's Aspire Internal Grant Program.

Aspire Internal Grant SPOClip Transcript