Research Development Travel Grant

Program Guidelines

The Research Development Travel Grant aims to improve the competitiveness of Appalachian State University research proposals by facilitating interactions with prospective federal sponsors. Travel funds up to $1,000 will be granted to meet with program officers at federal funding agencies.

Appalachian State University faculty and staff are eligible for this program. Priority is given to early career faculty who are planning to apply to specific agency programs or those who have received prior positive reviews and are in the process of revision and resubmission of a research proposal.

Use of Funds
These awards are to be used to defray the costs of travel to external funding agencies in order to meet with program officers to discuss proposals, agency programs, upcoming funding opportunities, and proposal strategies. Requests can support airfare and/or lodging (consistent with university policies).

Requests for funds to travel to meet with program officers and prospective sponsors can be made at any time. Note: Since applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the fiscal year, meritorious requests are supported on a first-come-first-served basis. Requests will be reviewed as they are received, and applicants should receive funding decision notification within two weeks of application submission.

Principal Investigators requesting funding should be prepared to travel at least 3 – 6 months prior to a funding deadline and should secure an appointment with the funding agency prior to making travel arrangements.

Faculty awarded a Research Development Travel Grant must submit a final report documenting the outcomes of the travel within one month of meeting with the funding agency program officers. The report must include future plans, including submission of a proposal to that agency, or a substitute agency, and a brief description of how your project or proposal will respond to the information gained in the meeting. Please submit reports via email to Grants Resources & Services (

Any faculty or indefinite status staff member is eligible to apply. Others may apply with the appropriate permissions of both the Dean/Division Head and the Vice Provost for Research.

Principal investigators may apply for only one Research Development Travel Grant in a twelve-month period.

for example: Assistant Professor, Professor, EPA staff, Director

You are encouraged to list more than one agency or program officer.

for example: NSF CAREER program, NIH R03, NEH Digital Humanities, etc.

City, state.

Include publications and funding history (submissions & awards)


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