Conference Travel Allocations for 2016-2017

 

The Committee on Faculty Research (CoFR) continues to evaluate the new system of standardized, annual Conference Travel Allocations (CTAs) adopted in 2014. In place of the earlier system (airfare for attending a conference; airfare plus $500 when presenting a paper or other formal participation), the CTA system provides a single, annual allocation for faculty participating in conferences and other meetings of professional organizations. This system has been implemented on an experimental basis beginning July 1, 2014, with an evaluation of the system to be completed during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The system of Conference Travel Allocations (CTAs) for 2016-2017 operates as follows:

CTAs have four funding levels:

  • $400 for a fiscal year in which a faculty member is attending, but not presenting at, a conference.

  • $1000 for a fiscal year in which a faculty member is presenting a paper or participating in the formal conference proceedings (as defined below) in the continental US.

  • $1300 for a fiscal year in which a faculty member is presenting a paper or participating in the formal conference proceedings (as defined below) elsewhere in North America, Central America, or the Caribbean.

  • $1600 for a fiscal year in which a faculty member is presenting a paper or participating in the formal conference proceedings (as defined below) in any other international location.

If a faculty member did not use any conference travel funds in the preceding fiscal year and she/he is presenting a paper or participating in the formal conference proceedings, the faculty member is eligible for an additional, one-time $400 allocation.

"Participation in formal conference proceedings" is defined as activities that involve significant contribution to the conference proceedings such as paper presentation, poster presentation, panel or roundtable discussant, and/or service on conference committees or association governing boards. Roles such as timekeeper, ceremonial chair, and participant in informal gatherings are not normally included. Consult with the Chair of CoFR if you are uncertain whether your proposed conference activity qualifies as "formal participation."

The Committee on Faculty Research will accept applications in Winter for requests for funding of extraordinary cases of faculty conference travel need that do not fit within the established allocations. Such cases may include opportunities for multiple conference presentations within a single fiscal year, international conferences, discipline-specific issue conferences, and the particular needs of junior faculty, if start-up funds have been exhausted. Funding for these special circumstances will be awarded on a competitive basis.

 

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April 2016