Educational Opportunities

Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) offers a variety of educational opportunities for every stage of the sponsored project life cycle. Whether you are one of our new "alpha" faculty or seasoned professional with an interest in extramural funding, we have a program to fit your needs.

Click here to search for SPA's upcoming workshops and information sessions.

Previous workshops include:

  • Focus on the Search: Workshops designed to equip faculty to become sophisticated users of Pivot, Ball State’s primary funding opportunities database; offered on multiple dates throughout the academic year. Contact SPA for more information.

  • SPA Clinics: By arrangement with the department chairs and college deans, SPA representatives visit various academic units to meet with individual faculty to address specific questions about their research or scholarly agendas, or the mechanics of the sponsored projects enterprise (idea development; funding opportunities; pre-award questions; post-award issues; and more).

  • SPA Colloquia Series: SPA is excited to announce a brand new Colloquia Series that will provide faculty with learning opportunities related to the external funding enterprise on campus. These discussions will be held twice per month during most months of the academic year.

  • Small Group Workshops: Faculty members may request a workshop tailored to their specific interests and needs, at a time, date, and location of their choosing. 
  • SPA Fellows: An intensive educational experience designed to develop the knowledge base and grant-writing skills of faculty members who display superior potential regarding the ability to obtain external funding in support of their research, scholarship, creative projects, and other fundable endeavors. Interested faculty should contact SPA for additional information.

  • Research Week (Mid-October): A week-long professional development opportunity for faculty and staff with sessions dedicated to various aspects of proposal development, award, and compliance topics 

Keep an eye on the Ball State University Communication Center for notifications under “Research & Programs” about additional opportunities throughout the year. 


Sponsored Projects Administration supports faculty research, creative, and scholarly endeavors in a number of ways. One of our favorite ways to recognize and promote the research enterprise on campus is through events and outreach.

Throughout the year we provide a number of opportunities for networking, recognition, and sharing of scholarly works. We communicate this information at Ball State through various media platforms and events, including: