The Office of the Vice President for Research has matching travel support funds for special/urgent opportunities that further the research and creative scholarship agendas of faculty and contribute to the missions of: (1) increasing our national/international presence; and (2) recognizing Auburn faculty by supporting their participation in prestigious, highly specialized conferences, scholarly meetings, exhibitions, and other such activities. In applying, faculty should make the nature of the meeting or activity and its participants clear and indicate how attendance or involvement will contribute to the missions identified above. Requests, not to exceed one page in length, should originate from the faculty member’s home department with approvals and assurances of matching funds from the department head/chair and associate dean for research (or Dean). The OVPR will provide 1/3 of the needed support funds; generally approximating $500 (not to exceed $1000) – pending availability of funds. Additionally, please indicate that your department does not have sufficient travel funds or applicable competitive travel funding awards that could fully fund the requested activity. No more than three awards per college per year are envisioned.
A trip to a conference in New York included recognition of a faculty member’s research activities, a federal agency sponsor would be present for the award ceremony, and time was scheduled to visit with the awardee. The faculty member needed $1500 for travel, registration and lodging. The department chair agreed to provide $500 and the college agreed to provide $500.
A funding request for an International Conference on Neurobiology in Germany provides a unique opportunity for a faculty member to renew and make new contacts with scholars important to future collaborative research and scholarship. The faculty member needed $5400 to make the trip, critical to an outlined research collaboration, a reality. The faculty member had $3000 for salary support and travel, then received $800 and approval from their department head, and $800 and approval from their Dean.