As an entrepreneurial university, Ball State places a high priority on encouraging its faculty, staff, and students to develop innovative solutions, ideas, and products that can benefit society.

University Resources:


Ball State offers many resources to help researchers and innovators bring their concepts to reality and/or the marketplace. The combination of two key units Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) and Ball State Innovation Corporation (BSIC) help to bring to the public the discoveries and creative works developed by faculty, staff, and students through University programs and resources. Through these activities, Ball State realizes its goal to foster engagement with local, state, national, and international communities, while rewarding authors, inventors, and their academic departments and units for their creative contribution.

Disclosure Process:


1. Submit an Intellectual Property Disclosure Form
The purpose of this form is to record and examine works of intellectual property which have potential commercial value. This process includes decisions about ownership, market impact, licensing, and if applicable, patenting. All documents submitted to the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) are treated as confidential, including technical and personal information submitted within this Intellectual Property Disclosure Form. The questions in this form are designed to assist you in the disclosure process. Please complete each section as thoroughly as possible. 

Please click here to complete an IP Disclosure Form in Submittable. 
This form should be submitted prior to any publication or public disclosure of your work.

2. Contact from SPA/Referral
After submission and review of your Intellectual Property Disclosure form, SPA will contact you regarding the status of your potential intellectual property. If there is potential for the creation of intellectual property, SPA will refer you to BSIC for further assistance regarding the development, licensing, or commercialization of your intellectual property.