History of Discovery

Discovery is an organization formed to demonstrate the vital role women can play in making a difference through informed philanthropy. It was established to support projects and programs at Ball State University.

Unofficially, a small group of women began meeting regularly in Indianapolis in 1998 to learn about special educational programs at Ball State University. In the spring of 2001, a planning committee of six began researching women's philanthropy organizations around the United States that support programs like those at the University.

The research yielded information and contacts that helped form the basis for a woman's giving organization for the University. Once the plans were aligned with some of the university's most important long-range goals, Discovery was ready to go public in January 2002.

Apply for a Discovery Grant

Discovery is a women's collaborative philanthropic group established to support projects and programs at Ball State University. Discovery members are volunteers who pool annual contributions and work with University administrators to select the projects they support. The maximum grant request may be up to $25,000.

Selection Criteria

Discovery is seeking projects that are in line with Ball State University's Beneficence Pledge, and will contribute to the University's aspiration of being a model student-centered and community-engaged university.

Discovery will consider funding for: specialized equipment, student assistant wages, graduate assistantships, program administrative costs, and summer stipends (salary is capped at $2,500; plus additional fringe benefits). Discovery will not consider funding for: faculty overloads, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs. A project director may only hold one Discovery award per fiscal year.

Please refer to the scoring rubric for more guidance on proposal review.

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How to Apply

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be accessed by clicking the "Download Proposal Form" button above. Please work with your assigned proposal manager in Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) to complete and submit your proposal.

Timeline for Grant Proposals

The grant period Discovery Awards will be from May 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.

  • October 1, 2019 – Cycle to submit proposals begins. Please work with your SPA proposal manager for proposal development, review, and budget preparation.
  • December 2, 2019, 5 p.m. – All final proposals due as a single pdf file emailed to jsdavis@bsu.edu. You will receive confirmation of proposal receipt.
  • January 2020 – The grants committee will select the top proposals for presentation at the Discovery Annual Meeting. All applicants will be notified of a decision at this time.
  • March 2020 – The selected proposals are presented at the Discovery Annual Meeting. Following a vote by the Discovery members in attendance, the grant awards will be announced that day.

Post-Grant Report

A final report will be required of all grantees by August 16, 2021.  The reporting requirements will be outlined in the award letter.  Grant recipients are expected to share the results of their work at various Discovery events throughout the year.

Join Discovery

For more information, please contact Amanda Runge at 765-285-1635 or via email.

Give to Discovery

Visit our online giving form.