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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.

To be eligible for a grant, Discovery will consider funding for: specialized equipment, student assistant wages, graduate assistantships, materials and supplies to support the project, and summer stipends (salary is capped at $2,500; plus additional fringe benefits). Discovery will not consider funding for: faculty overloads for the academic year, faculty research projects, computer equipment, general office equipment, or indirect costs. A project director may only hold one Discovery award per fiscal year.

How to Apply

For more information on how to submit a proposal for a grant, please contact your assigned Proposal Manager in the Sponsored Programs Administration office to complete and submit your proposal. The scoring rubric and Request for Proposal (RFP) can be accessed by clicking the buttons below.

Scoring Rubric  Proposal Form

Timeline for Grant Proposals

The grant period Discovery Awards will be from May 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

  • September 1, 2021 – Proposal submission begins. Please work with your SPA proposal manager for proposal development, review, and budget preparation.
  • December 2, 2021, 5 p.m. – All final proposals due as a single PDF file emailed to You will receive confirmation of proposal receipt.
  • January 2022 – The grants committee will select the top proposals for presentation at the Discovery Annual Meeting. All applicants will be notified of a decision after this meeting.
  • March 2022 – The selected proposals are presented at the Discovery Annual Meeting. Following a vote by the Discovery members, the grant recipients will be notified.

Post-Grant Report

A final report will be required of all grantees by August 30, 2023. 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.

Learn more or apply for membership to the Discovery Women’s Philanthropic Leadership Group by contacting Lola Mauer, associate vice president of strategy, Ball State University Foundation.