Applying for a Discovery Grant

Discovery members encourage projects that significantly impact Ball State students, offer immersive learining opportunities, and have potential for other external funding in the future.  The maximum grant request amount is $20,000.00. 

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 Discovery Awards will cover will be from June 1 to April 1.

  • September 15 – Invitation cycle to submit proposals begins
  • Jannuary 15* – Grant proposals due to Sponsored Programs Office. If this date falls on a
    weekend, the deadline will be extended to Monday.    

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

Links to PDF's:

Discovery Awards Guidelines

Discovery Cover Page

Discovery Proposal Application