Collaborative Research Travel Grants

The Collaborative Research Travel Grant (CRTG) program provides up to $15,000 in support for researchers from degree-granting institutions to travel either domestically or internationally to a laboratory to acquire a new research technique or to facilitate a collaboration. To capitalize on what appears to be an opportunity to provide relatively unrestricted travel funds to academic scientists and trainees and to provide a stimulus for those working or contemplating working at the interface of science, this program provides travel grants that can be used both internationally and domestically to acquire new research techniques, and to promote collaborations. 

Applicants are encouraged to read the eligibility requirements, selection process, and terms of grant/use of funds which can be accessed through the navigation box to the right of this section, prior to going forward.  Step-by-step instructions are provided on the Submission Process page that will walk you through completion of the application. 

Program Background

From 1978 through 2000 BWF ran a travel grants program that enabled U.S. and Canadian scientists to participate in collaborative research projects for two weeks to six months in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland.  At the time, it was the longest running program at BWF.  During that period more than 800 travel grant applications were received and almost 700 funded.  Travel grants went to individuals at many institutions that normally would not have received a BWF grant and the grants provided support for a wide range of biomedical research activities.  An outcomes survey was done on three years of grantees (1995-1997).  At the time of the survey (1999), 77% of the respondents indicated an on-going collaboration with the host lab and 78% claimed they could not have made the trip without BWF support.  One of the considerations that came from the survey was that the overall value and utility of the program could be enhanced by opening the program to travel worldwide rather than just to the United Kingdom.

A variation of the original Research Travel Grant program was run in 2009 and it provided small grants of up to $5,000 for trainees currently working in the laboratories of BWF Career Awardees.  These awards could be used for travel to a laboratory to begin collaboration or acquire new research techniques, travel to a national or international meeting to present a paper or poster, or organize and chair a panel at a national or international meeting.  An advisory committee met in December 2009 and recommended funding for 86 trainees.  Although there is no outcome data yet for this particular program, the breadth and range of the proposals indicate a place for this type of award.