updated: 8/3/2005 10:21:21 AM

Ball State University Sets New Record For External Funding

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Ball State University says it set a new school record in 2004-05 after receiving $25.7 million in external grants to fund faculty education and research projects.

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The university says, since 1998, it has more than quadrupled outside funding for the programs.

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MUNCIE, Ind. Ball State University established a new record in 2004-05 when it received $25.7 million in external grants to fund faculty education and research projects.

"Our faculty members were extremely successful in the last year with 70 percent of grant proposals being accepted by various federal, state and local agencies," said James Pyle, assistant vice president for research. "I think it says our research proposals are of excellent quality when applications are being accepted at that rate.

"Our growth is attributable to our ability to compete successfully for large projects, many characterized by collaboration with partners in education, business, state agencies and other not-for-profits," he said. "These organizations have high regard for Ball State because they know the excellent work we do."

The university has more than quadrupled outside funding for research and educational programs since 1998-99 when Ball State received $5.5 million.

"I think reaching $30 million in the next year or two is a realistic goal because of the university's strong leadership," Pyle said. "Our president and other people at the senior level meet frequently with our current and future research and educational partners to make them aware of the university's accomplishments and potential."

Ball State President Jo Ann M. Gora believes increasing research funding is an important component of the university's strategic planning efforts, creating a platform to achieve greater excellence in teaching and education.

As a result of external research funding, Ball State faculty, staff and students are working on projects that may lead to new discoveries and intellectual property, she said.

"Our Human Performance Lab has received several major research grants to allow our faculty to work with NASA to study ways to counteract the effects of living and working in space on long missions," Gora said. "Our recently-created Center for Computational Nanoscience, funded through a $1.5 million grant from the Indiana 21st Century Research and Technology Fund, is focusing on the emerging areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology that have attracted Department of Energy funding. This research will someday have a far-reaching impact on America's health and manufacturing industries."

Gora said the growth of Ball State's research efforts also has increased opportunities

for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in research projects, work one-on-one with faculty and conduct their own research for publications and presentations at conferences.

Among the university's seven academic colleges, the College of Science and Humanities received the largest amount of external funding at $5.5 million for 79 projects. Teachers College received $5.2 million for its projects. Grant funding averaged about $102,000 per project. The university received five grants in excess of $1 million.

More information about Ball State's research and funding efforts may be found online at www.bsu.edu/research.

Source: Ball State University

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