Information Sessions - Archive

The Sponsored Programs Office conducts many workshops and information sessions throughout the year for students, faculty, and staff. Please revisit this page for updates from other educational opportunities.


February 3

Information Session III (GIS III)

Keynote Address - *Keynote video now available!* - Dr. David Stone, Associate Vice President for Research at Northern Illinois University will present a keynote address titled Research at Ball State Redefined: Empowering Faculty.

Knowledge Unit Meet & Greet - A variety of centers and institutes on campus create an environment of dynamic thinking that fosters interdisciplinary research and collaboration - factors that are pivotal in externally funded projects.  Join us at this networking event to learn about the work of these Knowledge Units and explore potential  opportunities for collaboration.  

Knowledge and Support Units include:  

  • Applied Archaeology Laboratories
  • Center for Energy Research/Education/Service
  • Center for International Development
  • Center for Middletown Studies
  • Center for Peace and Conflict Studies  
  • Social Science Research Center


February 25 
Grantsmanship Information Session (GIS)

Keynote Address - Dr. Richard Dunfee provides insight on emerging issues in higher education grants, federal funding trends, and provides illustrations of successful proposal development strategies. 

(Presentation - Video)

Grant Writing 101 - New to grant writing? Not sure how to get started? Join Dr. Richard Dunfee and learn specific strategies to establish your funding agenda and launch your career in grantsmanship. 


Fulbright Information Session - Dr. Dominic Caristi, Professor of Telecommunications and Mr. Justin Miller, Director of Sponsored Programs present Fulbright Scholar Program offerings for teaching & research awards in over 125 countries. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. 


Federal Funding Opportunities for PUI's - Ms. Jackie Davis, SPO Proposal Manager discusses federal funding opportunities available to Predominately Undergraduate Institutions (PUI). Learn how to play Ball State's strengths as a PUI and pursue grants such as the National Institutes of Health AREA or the National Science Foundation RUI grant. 



April 11
Grantsmanship Information Session (GIS)
Click here for video of the Faculty Panel - 1:17:54

Need grant funding to carry out your work? In a quandary about how to get started? Hear first-hand experiences from funded colleagues who have successfully navigated the path to a grant award. This hour-long discussion will include topics such as, how to identify funding opportunities, and how to position yourself as a scholar.

Faculty panel

  • Patricia Clark, Associate Professor of Elementary Education
  • James Connolly, Director, Center for Middletown Studies, and Professor History
  • Susan McDowell, Associate Professor of Biology
  • Thomas Holtgraves, Professor of Psychological Science

May 2
Core Fulbright Information Session
Click here for video - 1:18:05

The Sponsored Programs Office, in conjuction with the Rinker Center for International Programs and the Contracts and Grants Office, present an information session on the Core Fulbright Scholar Program for University faculty and professional personnel.  Former Ball State Fulbright awardees present their perspectives and experiences with Fulbright.


  • Justin Miller, Proposal Manager, Sponsored Programs Office
  • Trevor Foley, Program Coordinator, Rinker Center for International Programs
  • Dom Caristi, Associate Professor of Telecommunications
  • John Pichtel, Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management