The aim of this program is to help new faculty members purchase supplies, research-related items, and travel to conferences or workshops with a one-time, $5,000 supplies, expenses, equipment, and travel (SEET) grant.

Tenure-track faculty in their first year of employment with Ball State University who have not received significant research-related or creative endeavor start-up funds from their department or college are eligible for Alpha Support. Faculty members receiving start-up funds greater than $5,000 and/or dedicated summer stipend from the department for research or creative endeavors are not eligible for this program.

To apply for this grant, faculty members (tenure-track only) in their first year must apply through our online portal. Recipients must also provide a final report.

The deadline for this program is September 20.

Read the Guidelines

2023-2024 Awardees

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

  • Charlotte Kupsh (CSH) - Environmental Metacognition: Understanding How Writers Respond to Environments
  • Amanda Moreno(CFA) - Indiana Collegiate NAfME Series: Body Mapping for Musicians
  • Rodney Taylor (CSH) - Black Print Cultures of the Postbellum/Pre-Harlem Era
  • Ryan James (CFA) - CONEKT: Creating Connections through Interactive Art and Technology
  • Juyeon Yoo (CSH) - The Possibility of Healing After Racial Marginalization and the Investment of English Learning: A Long-Term Case Study


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