The Office of Research and Graduate Studies

University Research Council

Travel Grants for Faculty

Travel grants fund travel to conferences held outside the continental United States, normally not covered by regular budgets (use research grant proposal format for non-conference travel).

Awards

The amount of the award will be based on the following:

  1. The significance of the travel
  2. Transportation and associated costs

This award will normally provide only a portion of the total travel expenses. Evidence of partial support from other sources is highly desirable.

Restrictions/Conditions

Endowed chairholders and administrators with access to other funds are not eligible for these awards. Support for travel to conferences in locations outside the continental United States is provided if the individual is to make a presentation significant to his/her professional growth. The impact of the conference/meeting will be taken into account as part of the decision process. Documented evidence of prospective participation is required. The priority of the award is dependent on the nature of the presentation (Keynote address (High) – Poster presentation (Low)).

Travel that is part of a research project, either domestic or foreign, and travel expenses that are part of a research leave should be submitted under the Research Grant category.

Deadlines

Fall - December 2, 2013
Spring - April 1, 2014

Notification of Action

Fall - January 31, 2014
Spring - April 30, 2014 (for April 1 submissions)

How to Apply

Proposals are required. Requests with insufficient information will be rejected.

All URC Grant applications are now online. Please submit all supporting documents as PDF files through the online application, including a brief proposal (see format below) and a short curriculum vitae. The entire application should not exceed five pages including appendices, if any.

The applicant should arrange for a confidential letter of support written by the Department Chair or the Dean to be submitted separately to Dean James E. Quick by April 9, 2014.

Please email the letter of support as a PDF to ssage@smu.edu.

Proposal Text Format

(One page or less. Please submit as a PDF)

  • Significance and relevance to the faculty member’s research program
  • Nature of presentation (invited, contributed, panel, etc., with supporting documents such as letters of invitation.)
  • Benefit to the University
  • The impact of prior URC funding on your research program
  • Efforts made (or to be made) to secure funds from other sources

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