A core part of our mission in Sponsored Projects Administration is helping faculty and students identify and secure the funding you’ll need to complete your research project or creative endeavor. We can guide you to resources both at Ball State and from outside organizations.

Each semester, Sponsored Projects and University Libraries join forces to provide an informational session that gives an overview of Pivot, how it may be used to find funding and collaboration opportunities, and how University resources can be used to support your scholarly endeavors. Watch the recorded workshop from February 2020 on MediaSite

Faculty

We have a number resources that can assist you in your external funding search.

 

External Funding

Pivot is a web-based funding and collaboration database tool, which allows users to search for funding by keyword, sponsor, and other various advanced fields.

Pivot Database

The most comprehensive database for funding opportunities, Pivot contains up-to-date grants, awards, fellowships, and other funding opportunities covering all disciplines, as well as identifying researcher expertise within or outside Ball State.

You do not need to set up an account; however, Ball State faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to register for a free account in order to access the database from any location and have access to tools, like the ability to save searches and receive emails with new opportunities matching those searches.

Scholars are encouraged to claim their profile. The more detail and the more accurate the profile, the better the funding opportunity matches.

Students may find Pivot useful in locating not only project funding, but scholarships and fellowships as well. (You must use your full Ball State University email address as your Pivot username).

Pivot Help

The Pivot “Knowledge Center” section offers dozens of articles detailing different areas of the database and search function tutorials.

More short tutorials can be found on the ProQuestPivot YouTube Channel.

Grants.Gov

Grants.gov is the home of all federal grants. It was established as a governmental resource named the E-Grants Initiative, part of the President's 2002 Fiscal Year Management Agenda to improve government services to the public. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Indiana State Department of Administration Procurement

The Indiana Department of Administration maintains a listing of current contract RFP / opportunities, typically with short turn around times. 

Candid.Org

Formerly Foundation Center and GuideStar, Candid is a full service website for finding funders and RFPs, information on non-profit sponsors, and helpful resources on putting together grant materials. 

Other Resources

Sam.Gov

The beta.SAM.gov domains contain data that has been migrated from legacy federal systems. The domains support two distinct types of federal awards: acquisition and federal assistance. For assistance navigating and searching this site, please see the Learning Center page. 

Federal Register

Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

Internal Opportunities


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 competitions are open to faculty, professional personnel, and students.

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The Teacher-Scholar Program will provide 1st and 2nd year, and transfer students in their first year the opportunity to be engaged in research or a creative project with a faculty member.

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Ball State University’s PIPC reviews requests for support for faculty-authored publications. Manuscripts must be completed for consideration.

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The program dedicates funding for undergraduate and graduate students focusing on autism spectrum disorder research.

Separate competitions are held for research projects and for travel to present at academic conferences.

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The Digital Scholarship Lab helps faculty and staff conceive, develop, and sustain digitally based research and creative projects.

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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 competitions are open to faculty, professional personnel, and students.

Learn More

Pivot is a web-based funding and collaboration database tool, which allows users to search for funding by keyword, sponsor, and other various advanced fields.

Pivot Database

The most comprehensive database for funding opportunities, Pivot contains up-to-date grants, awards, fellowships, and other funding opportunities covering all disciplines, as well as identifying researcher expertise within or outside Ball State.

You do not need to set up an account; however, Ball State faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to register for a free account in order to access the database from any location and have access to tools, like the ability to save searches and receive emails with new opportunities matching those searches.

Scholars are encouraged to claim their profile. The more detail and the more accurate the profile, the better the funding opportunity matches.

Students may find Pivot useful in locating not only project funding, but scholarships and fellowships as well. (You must use your full Ball State University email address as your Pivot username).

Pivot Help

The Pivot “Knowledge Center” section offers dozens of articles detailing different areas of the database and search function tutorials.

More short tutorials can be found on the ProQuestPivot YouTube Channel.

Our office helps Ball State faculty and students locate funding for their research or creative projects. Tuition assistance and other scholarships are not something we handle, but we can point you to some resources you might find useful!

Resources

Please contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships office if you haven't already. They would be in the best position to assist you to find money for school.

COS Pivot – Pivot is a funding opportunity database primarily used to locate funding for research and creative projects, but it also contains scholarships and fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students. 

Honors College Fellowships and Scholarships listing – The Ball State Honors College maintains a listing of scholarships, fellowships, and internships for both undergraduate and graduate students.

UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database – GRAPES catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students for thesis/dissertation research and postdoctoral scholars. (Some awards are exclusively for UCLA/California students.) Maintained and owned by UCLA's Graduate Outreach, Diversity and Fellowships Office.

Ball State University Student Symposium

Student Symposium

Present your research or creative work to a broader audience than your classroom during our annual Student Symposium. You’ll get to participate in interdisciplinary discourse while gaining valuable insights from faculty, staff, and your classmates. Learn more.