Research Communications

Program allows faculty, staff to use university plane for research travel 

Feb. 25, 2014

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity recently launched a program that provides funding for faculty and staff to use the university's King Air plane for travel that supports their research, scholarship and creative activities. Opportunities are still available to book trips through June 30. Below is a list of some frequently asked questions.

1. What is the Air Travel Support Program?
This program supports the travel of faculty and staff on the university's King Air to advance their research, scholarship and creative activity. Allowable travel includes meetings with sponsors or potential collaborators.

2. Who is eligible to use it?
Faculty and full-time administrative staff at Ohio University. Faculty who do not hold a tenure-track appointment must contact the program coordinator, Roxanne Malé-Brune,, for special permission to be considered. If appropriate to the objective of the trip, faculty can bring students.

3. How far in advance do I need to book a flight?

There is no set time limit. It typically takes a few days to confirm the plane's availability and set the passenger manifest and schedule.

4. Where can I go?
The destinations eligible for this program encompass those within an approximately 1,000 mile radius from Athens, Ohio. Trips that exceed this distance may be approved, depending on the trip activities and anticipated outcomes.

5. How many people must the trip include?

We require a minimum of four passengers, although they do not need to be traveling together on the same research mission.  The plane can accommodate up to nine passengers.

6. What is the cost?
All flight costs will be covered by this program. In addition, the Vice President for Research and Creativity Office  can reimburse up to $100 for ground transport or lodging expenses upon request. Incidentals, such as meals and other out-of-pocket costs during travel, must be covered by the travelers or their unit.

7. What is the benefit of using the program?
Convenience and efficiency, as all flights depart from and return to the Ohio University airport in Albany, Ohio. We also hope that the program facilitates better relationships, through face-to-face meetings, with the agencies that allocate research funding. One goal is to give our researchers a competitive advantage when seeking out sponsors.

8. How has the program been used successfully to date?
Faculty and staff in the Russ College of Engineering and Technology have used the program to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with sponsors. In some cases, these visits resulted in securing additional funding for research. Other trips allowed faculty to learn about upcoming funding opportunities or to meet with collaborators.

9. How do I get started?