Strategic Research Travel Program

Positioning for success

The Strategic Research Travel Program provides up to 50% of total costs not to exceed $1,500 per person for travel for Ohio State faculty and principal investigators to meet with one or more external research sponsors to help drive the development of innovative programs, inform sponsor priorities, and position Ohio State for research funding. This travel program aligns with the university’s goal to double sponsored research within this decade.

Effective positioning is an important component of strategic research development. This kind of activity occurs well before a sponsor releases a solicitation. Further, these efforts are usually part of a longer-term business development plan for pursuing larger, multidisciplinary funding opportunities.

Examples of positioning activities supported through this program include:

  • Building relationships with program officers/sponsor representatives
  • Reviewing and providing input to potential sponsors’ strategic plans
  • Exploring potential opportunities for future collaboration

Who is eligible? Individual PIs or multiple investigators on a team (up to three, if justified) may request support.

What expenses are covered? Reimbursable travel costs include airfare, per diem hotel and food expenses, and ground transportation.  All university travel must adhere to university’s travel policy.

How do I apply? Successful applicants will be able to make a case for how their proposed travel will contribute to Ohio State’s desire to pursue strategic funding opportunities with priority given to those that address emergent and convergent research of societal significance aligned with national priorities. Applicants may be asked to provide additional information during the review process. In addition, those selected to receive support may be asked to meet with a member of the Research Development Office or an experienced Ohio State research prior to travel to increase the chances that the visit will be successful. All recipients must a brief report summarizing the results of the trip prior to fund transfer.

Applications are reviewed monthly, with those received by the 25th reviewed and applicants notified of the outcome by the end of that month. Applicants are encouraged to submit requests well in advance or be prepared to explain the extenuating circumstances prompting a request for travel less than 30 days following the end of the prior review period.

All awards are contingent upon the availability of funds. For more information, please contact Laurie Neer (


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