The goal of the Advance Program is to increase both the quantity and quality of competitive external grant proposals submitted by Ball State University faculty members and professional personnel. As such, the Advance award will support a Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) proposal development needs by funding dedicated summer time, academic year release time, travel and/or supplies for expenses that will directly impact the development and submission of a competitive external grant proposal.

To be eligible for an Advance grant, the PI must be tenure or tenure track and have a record of external proposal activity or have a strong record of scholarly or creative arts activity.

Apply for this grant through our online portal. Recipients must also provide a final report.

Annual Deadlines: November 1, March 1

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2023-2024 Awardees

Congratulations to the following recipients of this grant for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:

  • Latz Amanda (TC) - Building a Community College Action Research Collective
  • Nicholson Kirsten (CSH) - Understanding water management, community priorities and potential for potable ground water in the Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal.
  • Liu Shuning (TC)Elite International Education, Transnationalism, and the Making of a New Global Middle Class
  • Li Tong (CCIM) - Promoting Communication with Patients with Autism: Virtual Learning Simulation for Nurses
  • Smaldino Phillip (CSH) - The impact of Dhx36 on stress granule dynamics in C9orf72-linked dementia
  • Cantrell Kazumi (CSH) - Textbook project for Contemporary Japanese Values
  • Bwambok David (CSH) - Tunable Ionic Liquid-Based Fluorescent Chemotherapeutic Agents Encapsulated in Human Serum Albumin Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery


For questions regarding the Aspire program, please contact the program’s manager or email us.