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ERIK Strategic Research Travel Program

The Strategic Research Travel Program provides 50% of costs up to a maximum of $1,500 per person for travel for Ohio State faculty and principal investigators to meet with 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 3, if justified) may request support.

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