Ball State University's Aspire Internal Grant Program provides funding to faculty, professional staff, and students to support projects in the areas of research, scholarly studies, and creative endeavors.

Aspire awards advance the goal of ultimately seeking sponsorship from external funding agencies.

Available Grants

Faculty

Reprint Support (PDF)

For faculty members looking for support related to publication, reprints, and page charges Aspire offers the Reprint/Publication Support Program. Work must have been accepted for publication, or published in a refereed or other scholarly journal. The maximum award is $500 per author per fiscal year. The deadline for this competition is the 15th of every monthLearn more.

Travel Support (PDF)

Faculty members looking to travel for the purpose of securing external funding or support the preparation of external proposals. Funding is available for expenses associated with travel primarily for face‐to‐face meetings with program officers of funding agencies or foundations. The maximum award for this program is $500. The deadline for this competition is the 15th of every monthLearn more.

International Travel

For tenured and tenure-track faculty members looking to travel abroad for academic or creative activity Aspire offers the International Travel Program. Learn more.

Hollis Fund

Faculty members and graduate students who plan to conduct psychology based research projects may apply for the Aspire Hollis Fund Competition. Proposals from any department may be submitted as long as the research is psychology based. Learn more.

Start-Up Program

Aspire aims to support new tenure-track faculty members jumpstart their research and creative arts agenda. The Start-Up Program assists new faculty in purchasing supplies, research-related items, and to assist in travel by offering a one-time SEET grant. Learn more.

Junior Faculty Research

Aspire offers research competitions for junior faculty to provide seed money for research findings that will lead to further support from external funding agencies. Learn more.

Junior Faculty Creative Arts

The Aspire Junior Faculty Creative Arts program provides seed money to support and develop projects in the areas of research and creative endeavors. Learn more.

ADVANCE Program

Tenure or tenure-track faculty members preparing to submit proposals to external sponsors may apply to the ADVANCE Program. The program aims to encourage and promote proposal submissions to external sponsors by providing various levels of support during the proposal development process and in the support of ongoing research. Learn more.

CREATE Program

The CREATE program aims to encourage the artistic and creative endeavors of tenure or tenure track faculty. The program hopes to support the creation and presentation of works of those in the fields of Art, Dance, Design, Folk, Literature and more. Learn more.

Student Research

Projects submitted to the research competition involve a process of study or discovery that will produce new insights, theories, or will apply such knowledge to problem solving within the discipline or in society.  Learn more.

Student Creative Arts

The Student Creative Arts program provides support to those projects that propose the creation and/or presentation of original works of creative art. Eligible creative arts projects include Arts Education, Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Music, and many more. Learn more.

Student Travel (PDF)

The Student Travel Program is available for currently enrolled students at either Ball State, Burris Laboratory School or Indiana Academy to present works at a professional meeting, or perform or exhibit creative works. The maximum award is $1,000 for graduate students and $100 for undergraduate/high school students. This competition is limited to invited presentations of papers, posters, creative works, or performances. Learn more.

Hollis Fund

Faculty members and graduate students who plan to conduct psychology based research projects may apply for the Aspire Hollis Fund Competition. Proposals from any department may be submitted as long as the research is psychology based. Learn more.