D.C. TRIP: Travel for Research, Innovation, and Partnerships

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D.C. TRIP: Travel for Research, Innovation, and Partnerships (formerly called the Early Career Faculty Travel Program) supports the professional development of junior faculty by facilitating interactions with prospective federal sponsors.

The overall goal of this program is to support early career faculty development and increase the competitiveness of their research proposals through successful interaction and relationship building with major federal sponsors.

Scope of the 2020 Award

The D.C. TRIP grant will provide transportation, lodging, and per diem expenses for a trip to Washington, D.C., from Monday, September 13, 2020, through Thursday, September 16, 2020.

Anticipated 2020 travel schedule:

  • 9/13: Travel to Washington, D.C.
  • 9/14 and 9/15: Full day meeting and programming with federal sponsor agencies
  • 9/16: Visits with the Oregon congressional delegation and staff and travel back to Eugene, OR
  • Note: Research Development Services and Federal Affairs will assist faculty members in scheduling activities.

Participants with central start-up funds (typically those in CAS Natural Sciences) will be required to cost-share 50% of the total travel cost. 


Faculty members with the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Research Assistant Professor or Research Associate Professor who hold a full time appointment (1.0 FTE) may apply.  Eligible faculty must have started their first quarter on campus on or after September 2017.  Emeritus, courtesy, visiting and pro-tem appointee ranks are ineligible. If you have received the Early Career Faculty Travel Grant in the past, you are not eligible to re-apply.

Deadline: March 20, 2020, 5 pm PT


Submit the application using the online form.

2020 Application elements: Letter of Interest: Please provide a brief description of your specific research focus and the name of the agencies, and affiliated institutes or programs, with whom you would like to meet.  You are encouraged to list more than one agency and potential program officer on the application (1 page). CV or biographical sketch: Limited to 2 pages.  Include publications, as well as current and pending support. 


Those awarded a faculty research travel grant must submit a final report documenting the outcomes of the travel within one month of meeting with the funding agency program manager. The report must detail plans to follow up after the meeting, including submission of a proposal to that agency, or a substitute agency, and a brief description of how information gained through meetings with program officers informed or changed the development of your proposal.  

Please submit reports to Research Development Services (rds@uoregon.edu).