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

Read Guidelines

2021-2022 Awardees

Congratulations to the following recipients of this grant for the 2021-2022 Academic Year:

  • Kevin Wyatt (CSH) - What are the Consequences of Climate-Driven Alterations to Plan Community Structure on Microbial Biofilm Development?
  • Eric Rubenstein (CSH) - Characterizing the Molecular Function of the Anti-Diabetic Enzyme Ste24
  • Antonio Cancio (CSH) - Developing Efficient Density Functionals From Visualization
  • James Connolly (CSH) - Deep Mapping Middletown


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