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Air Travel Support Program features new offerings for faculty, staff

From staff reports | Aug 22, 2017

Ohio University has updated its Air Travel Support Program to include multiple night travel options and new lower rates.

The program is designed to help faculty and staff meet with funding agencies to learn about forthcoming grant opportunities, visit potential and current research collaborators, and present research findings or creative works at conferences or other venues. Previously, trip length was limited to one or two days (one-night stay). The university now will accommodate multiple night trips for an additional charge when the plane is available for such longer trips.

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, which seats up to nine passengers, to destinations within 1,000 miles of Ohio University’s Athens campus. The program requires a minimum of four faculty or staff to travel, although that number may be waived in some instances. Students also may be included on the list of travelers. One-day and two-day trips are fully covered by the program.

Now through December 2017, the university will cover per diems for the pilots and plane for the first night (estimated at $600) and half the per diems for the subsequent nights (estimated at $300/night).  Starting in 2018, the university will cover per diems for the pilots and plane for the first night, and planning units will need to cover full per diems for subsequent nights. In addition, applicants may ask for up to $100 in reimbursement for ground transportation or lodging costs.

“This makes the use of the airplane extremely time efficient and cost-effective for multiple-day group travel, including to conferences, compared to commercial air options,” said Roxanne Malé-Brune, director of grant development and projects and the program coordinator.

Groups of faculty and staff can get to destinations—and back home again—more quickly than by using commercial air flights, and also may actually save money, “especially when you take into account the real cost of a faculty member’s time,” Malé-Brune said.

The Air Travel Support Program was launched in summer 2013 and has been used by faculty and staff across campus to travel to locations ranging from Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Ga., to St. Louis, Mo., and Atlantic City, N.J.

Full guidelines and application information are available on the Research Division funding page: https://www.ohio.edu/research/funding.cfm.