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Proposal Components

When pursuing sponsored projects and doing research at Ball State, the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) supports the university's mission by assisting Ball State personnel in their quest for external funding. Support includes identifying potential funding opportunities, guidance in proposal and budget development, and submission of proposals to funding agencies. 

SPA fosters an atmosphere of academic, scientific, and creative inquiry; internal and external collaboration; cross-disciplinary teamwork; entrepreneurial thinking; and community engagement while promoting integrity, responsibility, and ethics in all phases of scientific, intellectual, and artistic inquiry. 

To learn more, click here to view a three minute video describing SPA's proposal development process. 

*SPA's Proposal Development Process Video Script

Knowledge Groups

As a way of supporting innovation here at Ball State, a variety of centers and institutes on campus create an environment of dynamic thinking that fosters interdisciplinary research. At BSU it is possible to establish formal knowledge creation organizations that represent strategic commitment with long term vision. The term "knowledge creation" is intended to be inclusive of all creative, design, research, scholarly, and other forms of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary work. 

To learn more, click here to view a three minute video describing various features of establishing a Knowledge Group.

*SPA's Knowledge Group Video Script


Incentive Programs

The Sponsored Projects Administration offers incentive programs designed to encourage and promote proposal submissions to external sponsors by providing various levels of monetary support. Incentive awards are for eligible proposal submissions and distribution of a portion of the indirect costs collected on funded projects. 

To learn more, click here to view a five minute video describing various features of SPA's Incentive Programs.

*SPA's Incentive Programs Video Script


Aspire Internal Grants

Ball State University's Aspire Internal Grant Program provides funding to faculty, professional personnel, and students to support projects in the areas of research, scholarly studies, and creative endeavors. Aspire awards further the goal of ultimately seeking sponsorship from external funding agencies. 

To learn more, click here to view a four minute video describing SPA's Aspire Internal Grant Program.

*Aspire Internal Grant Program Video Script