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Air Travel Support Program expands to cover conference trips for faculty, staff 

June 13, 2014
By Andrea Gibson

Ohio University has expanded its Air Travel Support Program to include conference trips and other venues where faculty and staff can disseminate research results and creative work.

Effective immediately, faculty and staff may submit requests to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity for free transportation on the university's King Air to destinations within 1,000 miles of Ohio University's Athens campus. In addition, applicants may ask for up to $100 in reimbursement for ground transportation or lodging costs.

The program requires a minimum of four faculty or staff to travel, although that may be waived in some instances. Students also may be included on the list of travelers.

Applicants may request a day trip or one overnight stay in the chosen destination.  

The Air Travel Support Program was launched in summer 2013 to help faculty and staff meet with research sponsors and collaborators.

One year later, the university has experienced a strong return on investment, said Roxanne Malé-Brune, director of grants and special projects and program coordinator.

Between July 2013 and May 2014, 10 trips were made by faculty, staff and student researchers and scholars to Washington, D.C.; Atlanta, Ga.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Atlantic City, N.J. Participants included various faculty and staff from the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, the School of Media Arts and Studies and the Global Leadership Center.

One trip to Washington, D.C., helped the Avionics Engineering Center secure more than $350,000 in additional funding for research initiatives.

"The travel support provided by this program used in combination with significant funding from the Russ College to cover personnel costs has provided a significant benefit to Avionics. Securing such externally funded research provides great opportunities for our researchers and graduate students alike," said Mike DiBenedetto, director of the center.

Faculty and staff also used the travel program to meet with funding agencies to learn about forthcoming grant opportunities, meet with potential and current research collaborators and present research findings to colleagues and sponsors.

Jenny Nelson, an associate professor of media arts and studies, traveled with a faculty member and two students to the annual meeting of the Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists in May. The team presented the PD/MS Narrative Project and met with potential funders.

The university has expanded the program to help more faculty, staff and students disseminate the results of their research, scholarship and creative activity, Malé-Brune said.

Full guidelines and application information are available online: http://www.ohio.edu/research/upload/2015_Air-Travel-Support-program-guidelines_final.pdf.

To submit requests and for additional questions, please contact Roxanne Malé-Brune, male-bru@ohio.edu; 740-597-1227740-597-1227.