All full-time members of the research faculty at UNC are eligible to apply for support. Other full-time staff routinely engaged as principal investigators on scholarly or scientific research, such as librarians or curators, are also eligible.

There is no limitation on the number of trips that can be supported through this program. However, priority will be given to those who have not received support during the past 12 months. Faculty are normally expected to follow through with a proposal submission to the sponsor visited. However, we recognize that some visits may result in the conclusion that submission of a proposal to that sponsor is inappropriate.

Small grants may be made to cover supplementary expenses involved in adding sponsor visits to travel already scheduled for other purposes. The program also supports travel to negotiate awards, if such negotiation is required by the sponsor before an award can be made. All trips for negotiation must be coordinated with award negotiators in the Office of Sponsored Research in advance.

Funding cannot be used:

  • To travel to scholarly or scientific meetings, with the exception of visits being arranged with sponsor representatives during the meeting at considerable cost savings to the university.
  • To lobby, i.e. attempting to influence a federal official outside of the established rules of program competition
  • Retroactively, the Vice Chancellor’s office must receive the application before you take your trip
  • Without a signed Travel Authorization Form (TR-1) and appropriate receipts, signed by your department chair. 

The maximum travel grant is $400.00. Decisions to fund travel will normally be made within two weeks of the receipt of your application.

If you have questions about this program or need additional information, please contact B. Gail Whitfield, Office of Research Development, 919-962-9333 or 

Click here to apply.