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The Research and Development (R&D) Fund provides limited travel support for major paper presentations. A major paper is defined as (1) one refereed by an external professional peer group or (2) one that is invitational, the invitation resulting from recognition of the researcher's professional status by external peer group. (The latter need not be refereed, the invitation being adequate to define the paper as a major paper.) Funding is granted for:
1. travel from within or outside the U.S.* up to a maximum of $900. (Matching funds are not required from the chairs or deans.)
2. a maximum of two trips per fiscal year per faculty or staff member who has one or more active externally sponsored grants. All other faculty and staff are eligible for one trip per fiscal year.
3. In the case of multiple authors on a paper, poster, or presentation, R&D funding will be limited to support only one of the authors. Faculty mentors may, however, apply for funding to accompany a graduate student to present shared research.
4. Signed application packages must be received by the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the departure date.
Travel funds are for the purpose of research dissemination at conferences or other professionally sanctioned activities. Requests to give presentations at other universities, unless part of a recognized conference, are generally not supported. Similarly, administrative functions at professional meetings such as panel chairs and organizers, are generally not supported.
All requests for travel support must be received at least 2 weeks prior to date of departure.
Reimbursement cannot be provided for expenditures made prior to approval of the application for funding.
Faculty and staff with continuing full time appointments may apply for R&D funds. Staff members must have an active grant to be eligible to apply. Emeritus faculty may be eligible; see Participation of Emeritus Faculty in Graduate Education and Research.
Faculty and staff should use the Faculty Travel Request Form and the (optional) Budget Worksheet when applying for R&D funds. Signed application packets must be submitted to the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the departure date and should include
Packets may be submitted any time to the Graduate School's Office of Research and Projects. Reimbursement cannot be provided for expenditures made prior to approval of the application for funding. Applications must include appropriate supporting evidence, including a detailed budget and budget justification that includes per diem estimates, taxi and mileage estimates, registration fees, lodging, airfare, etc.
If approved, the Graduate School will transfer the funds to the unit. Transfers will occur on a quarterly basis to a non-state account (January, April, July, and October)
Any questions concerning eligibility for travel matching program may be directed to Lisa Lawrence at x5887 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions concerning funds transfers and financial reports may be directed to Tammy Smart at x5364 or email@example.com.
The Graduate Dean makes all final decisions regarding the use of R&D funds. The Graduate Dean may refer applications to the Graduate School's RPAB for recommendation.