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Strategic Research Travel Program

Submitted by Kris Boone,

The Office of Research is pleased to launch a new travel program opportunity for Ohio State’s research and creative expression community to create new opportunities for large, multidisciplinary team projects.

The Strategic Research Travel Program provides funding for travel for Ohio State faculty and principal investigators to meet with program officers at current and potential sponsors to help drive the development of innovative programs and priorities for sponsor agencies.

Effective positioning strategies are an important component of successful research funding. 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 the grant is meant to encourage include:

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

This travel program aligns with the university’s research goals as outlined in Ohio State’s Strategic Plan, Time and Change. Successful applicants should be able to make a case for how their proposed travel will contribute to Ohio State’s desire to develop strategic, multidisciplinary funding opportunities.

Reimbursable travel costs include airfare, per diem hotel and food expenses, and ground transportation.

Applications are reviewed monthly. Any application submitted by the 25thof the month will be reviewed that month and notified of its standing by the end of the month. If the application is received after that date, it will be reviewed the following month. If this is an urgent request please submit the application and then contact Janet Weisenberger, Senior Associate Vice President for the Office of Research at to explain the extenuating circumstances.

Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.