Ball State University is among a select group of institutions invited by the Whiting Foundation to nominate faculty for support of projects that infuse public life with the richness, profundity, and nuance of the humanities. The Whiting Public Engagement Programs celebrate and empower humanities faculty who embrace public engagement. The Whiting Foundation has two programs to support public-facing work: Public Engagement Fellows ($50,000) and seed grants ($10,000). Pre-tenure faculty, untenured faculty, and faculty who earned tenure at or after the end of the 2013-2014 academic may be nominated by their respective institutions. 

Types of Projects Solicited

·        Public programming projects, including exhibits, public conversations, or walking tours

·        Community-engagement projects involving members of a defined public as co-creators, for example through oral history or community curation

·        K-12-focused projects, including the development of classroom resources and participatory projects with students and teachers

·        Audiovisual projects, including podcasts, apps, and films

Full guidelines are available here.

PIPC receives requests for support for faculty-authored publications and makes funding recommendations to the Provost. Manuscripts must be completed for consideration.

Please visit 
https://cms.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/sponsored-projects-administration/proposaldevelopmen... for additional information, guidelines, and deadlines.

Mission

Program funds to be awarded to tenured and tenure‐track faculty members to facilitate international academic activity that will result in scholarly work. Examples include: scholarly presentations and artistic performances.  *These are not research funds.

Please note that due to the cost of international travel, it is not viable for the ASPiRE Program to support the entire cost of travel; as such, international travel awards are intended to supplement travel funds provided by the faculty member's college and department.

Eligibility

  • Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty
  • Full time contract appoinment faculty members are eligible as long as they have had at least 3 years of full time experience at BSU


Application Process 

There is no formal proposal required for this grant.  Instead please upload the following via Submittable:

  • Letter of acceptance/invitation to conference/performance venue, or program agenda identifying your presence (if applicable) 
  • 1 page abstract of accepted presentation or performance and statement of how this opportunity will impact professional development. 
  •  1 page budget narrative detailing contribution of department, college, and other funds. 
  • Statement on previous funding: 

* If prior support was received from the International Travel Program, indicate the year it was received and describe the publication(s) or other professional works resulting from the funded presentation. 


International Travel Award Stipulations: 

  • Proposals are required to document total travel requirements and additional internal financial support to include departmental, college, or other contributions. These funds should be detailed in the budget narrative and included in the BSU‐Other column on the budget form. 
  • Travel awards from the International Travel Program range up to $400 depending on the meeting/conference location and the number of faculty seeking International Travel Program funding for the same event. 
  •  A maximum of $400 is available to one faculty member per fiscal year.
  •   If there are co-presenters the award amount will be shared between them. 
  •  Awards may be expended only on: conference fees; airfare; car travel; hotel; and per diem costs. 
  • International travel must comply with the International Travel Policy, which requires registration as soon as possible.
  •  Completion of an approved Authorization for Travel form is required before funds will be released. All travel must comply with the  BSU Travel Regulations and Procedures Manual.
  •  Funding is transferred directly to a travel account within the department, not to the recipient. 
  • Receipt of an ASPiRE Research or Creative Arts award does not affect eligibility of a faculty International Travel Award in the same fiscal year; however, grant recipients failing to submit acceptable final reports for any award will be declared ineligible for further support from ASPiRE programs. 
  •  Please note that cash advances cannot be provided.

 

Final Report/Grant Closeout  

  • No final report is required at the time of this award, see *expectations in application materials when requesting future unternational travel support.
  • It is the award recipient's responsibility to file proper forms to claim grant funds within 60 days of receipt dates and to see that funds are expended. 
  •  Funds not claimed within 90 days of travel will revert back to the ASPiRE Program. 

  


Mission

The goal of the Faculty Travel Program is to provide travel support for securing external funding for research or sponsored projects. Travel is primarily for face‐to‐face meetings with program officers of funding agencies or foundations. Existing internal funds (e.g. SUBMIT Funds) should be expended before requesting this award.

Eligibility

  • Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty
  • Contract Faculty‐Full time contract appointment faculty members are eligible, but the award will be provisionally based on contract renewal.
  • Burris and Indiana Academy Teaching Staff‐Full time teaching faculty are eligible, but the award will be provisionally based on contract renewal.
  • Professional Personnel‐University professional personnel members with research‐oriented duties are eligible, providing they define how their responsibilities relate to the proposed project.

Application Process

There is no formal proposal required for this grant. Instead please upload the following via Submittable:

  • A one page description that includes the details for the sponsor sought, including travel destination, timeline and Program Officer contact information, as well as a link to the identified potential funding opportunity.

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for travel awards is the 15th of the month.
  • Applications must be received at least one month prior to travel. Note: If opportunity for travel is presented outside of the deadline window, please consult with the ASPiRE Program Manager.
  • Funding decisions will be made by the 30th of the month prior to travel.

Funding Award Stipulations

  • Requests may not exceed $500
  • Travel must be outside the State of Indiana. 
  • Travel Award limited to once per fiscal year.
  • All travel must comply with the BSU Travel Regulations and Procedures Manual.
  • Award recipients must file the required BSU travel documents with their department prior to travel.

Final Report/Grant Closeout

  • In lieu of a formal final report, send an email after returning from your trip to the ASPiRE Program Manager and your Proposal Manager detailing the results of your interactions with the Program Officer(s) and outlining your next steps.
  • Funds not claimed within 90 days of travel will revert back to the ASPiRE Program.


 

Aspire offers the Creative Arts Competition for Junior Faculty to provide support for projects that propose the creation and/or presentation of a work of creative art. Some of the eligible projects include Arts Education, Dance, Literature, Media Arts, Music, and many more.



 

Eligibility: Faculty members in their first five years of receiving a tenure-track appointment. Faculty not considered Junior Faculty as defined above are not eligible to be co-applicants on a proposal submitted to the Junior Faculty competition; however, non-Junior Faculty can be used as mentors and advisors during the proposed project.

Applicants must also have submitted a pre-submission draft for review by their PM to be eligible for this competition.

For a complete set of requirements please review the Junior Faculty Creative Arts Guidelines



 

Aspire offers the Research Competition for Junior Faculty to provide seed money for research findings that can be further supported by external funding.  In general, projects submitted to the research competition involve a process of study or discovery that will produce new insights, theories, or applications within the discipline and/or society.



 

Eligibility: Faculty members in their first five years of receiving a tenure-track appointment. Faculty not considered Junior Faculty as defined above are not eligible to be co-applicants on a proposal submitted to the Junior Faculty competition; however, non-Junior Faculty can be used as mentors and advisors during the proposed project.

Applicants must also have submitted a pre-submission draft for review by their PM to be eligible for this competition.

For a complete set of requirements please review the Junior Faculty Research Guidelines


** NEW eligibility and funding guidelines as of August 2018 

The Reprint/Publication Support Program provides support for expenses associated with publication, reprints, article processing or open access charges, and page charges. Work must have been accepted for publication or published in a refereed or other scholarly journal. Support can be used for open access, peer-reviewed publications listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (http://doaj.org/) or for publication insubscription journals that allow some articles to become available openly based on a published fee schedule (sometimes known as hybrid open access).

*Funding is not applicable to manuscript publication, IP or creation of creative works (please refer to the Publications and Intellectual Property Committee for development support).  

 Eligibility 

  •  Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty
  • Contract Faculty‐Full time contract appointment faculty members are eligible, but the award will be provisionally based on contract renewal.
  • Burris and Indiana Academy Teaching Staff‐Full time teaching faculty are eligible, but the award will be provisionally based on contract renewal
  • Professional Personnel‐University professional personnel members with research‐oriented duties are eligible, providing they define how their responsibilities relate to the proposed project.


Application Process
There is no formal proposal required for this grant. Instead please upload the following via Submittable:
 

  • A copy of the letter of acceptance from publisher  
  • If available at time of submission, a copy of the publication should be also submitted (this serves as the final report)
  • If applicable, please include a link to the journal’s open access policy or article processing fee schedule

Application Deadline 

  • The deadline for reprint/publication awards is the 15th of the month.  
  • Applications should be submitted the month prior to publication.

 

Funding Award Stipulations

  • Each faculty member is allowed up to $500 per publication, per fiscal year.
  • Only 1 application per faculty member is allowed per fiscal year.  The application can consist of up to 2 articles in the request that when combined, cannot exceed $500.
  • Receipt of an ASPiRE Research or Creative Arts award does not affect eligibility of a Reprint / Publication award in the same fiscal year; however, grant recipients failing to submit acceptable final reports for any award will be declared ineligible for further support from ASPiRE programs.
  •  In the case of multiple authors, only one award--up to $500--will be granted per publication. 
  • Please note, documentation of payment to the publisher will be required by your department for University reimbursement. 


 Final Report/Grant Closeout

  • There is no final report required for this grant program; instead please submit an electronic copy of the publication.
  • Funding is transferred directly to a departmental account, not to the recipient. Repayment must follow the university's 60 day policy 
  • Funds not claimed within 90 days of publication date will revert back to the ASPiRE Program 
  • It is the award recipient’s responsibility to file proper forms to claim grant funds. It is NOT the responsibility of the departmental clerical staff to see that grant funds are expended. 
  • When ASPiRE funds are used to publish in open access journals, the Libraries will also make a copy available through the Cardinal Scholar digital repository.

 
 

Mission

The goal of the Student Travel Award Program is to provide funds to assist students with transportation expenses to present their work at a professional meeting or national meeting ot to perform or exhibit creative works. Funding is transferred directly to a student travel account within the department, not to the recipient.

 

Eligibility

  • Applicant must be enrolled during the time of travel at Ball State University, Burris Laboratory School or the Indiana Academy as a Graduate Student, Undergraduate Student, Burris High School Student - grades 11 or 12 or Indiana Academy High School Student - grades 11 or 12.
  • Applicant must be presenting a paper, poster, etc. at the conference.  Documentation of presentation acceptance or invitation is required at the time of application. Requests for creative arts presentations or performances should be competitive in nature (i.e. juried or invited). 
  • All student projects require the support of a faculty mentor or advisor. Students must ask a faculty member to serve as a mentor for the project.  
  •  Currently funded undergraduate Aspire awardees can apply only if  the current award is not paying for the same presentation.
  •  Graduate awardees may not hold this award concurrently with an ASPiRE Research or Creative award, a Tucker Autism Research or Travel Grant, or a Hollis Award.   
  •  ASPiRE anticipates making approximately 40 graduate travel awards each fiscal year.    

 

Application Process

There is no formal proposal required for this grant.  Instead please upload the following via Submittable:

  • A copy of the acceptance of the presentation at the meeting or conference.  This may be in the form of an email or letter from the conference organizer to the applicant or mentor, or a weblink to the conference program/agenda website, listing the applicant as a presenter. 
  • A 1 page Abstract of the presentation or performance.

 

Application Deadline

  • The deadline for student travel awards is the 15th of the month.
  • Applications must be received during the month prior to travel.
  • Funding decisions will be made by the 30th of the month prior to travel.

 

Funding Award Stipulations

  • Only one travel grant per student will be awarded in a fiscal year.  
  •  All travel must comply with the new BSU Travel Regulations and Procedures Manual
  • Award recipients must file the required Ball State travel documents (Travel Authorization, or TA) with their department at least 2 weeks prior to travel.
  • International travel must comply with the International Travel Policy, which requires registration as soon as possible.
  • Awards can be used for either travel expenses or registration fees.
  • Maximum award amounts are $100 for undergraduate students and $1,000 for graduate students. 


Final Report/Grant Closeout

  • There is no final report required for this grant program.
  • Funds not claimed within 90 days of travel will revert back to the Aspire Program
  • It is the award recipient’s responsibility to file proper forms to claim grant funds.  It is NOT the responsibility of the departmental clerical staff to see that grant funds are expended.





Sponsored Projects Administration, Ball State University