Collaborative Research Travel Grants

Proposal Elements

A complete application consists of two parts which must be completed before the application can be submitted through the grant submission website.  Applications that are not in compliance with the instructions will be rejected out of fairness to all applicants. 

1. On-line Applicant and General Proposal Information (on-line data entry into the grant submission website)

The on-line application contains data entry screens requesting various information. Remember to upload your organizations U.S. Internal Revenue Service determination letter of non-profit status - this document is required.

2. Supporting Documentation (documents to be uploaded as one PDF file to complete the on-line application)

All documents below MUST be included.  Templates must be used where indicated and are accessible through the Forms and Resources page. Completed documentation must be combined in the order listed below into one (1) Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) file.  The one PDF file must be named in the format "Last Name, First Name - CRTG16 App"  and then uploaded to the on-line application. (see details listed in the Submission Process).

Candidate's Biosketch (no more than five pages)

Include an NIH-style biographical sketch or CV

Research Plan (no more than three pages)

In your research plan, talk about:

  • Specific aims.
  • Scope and significance of your research.
  • Career development potential of the visit.

Use a standard 11- or 12-point font for the text, and no smaller than a 9- to 10-point font for figures, legends, and tables.  The font size requirement for the text will be strictly enforced.  Text must be single-spaced, with one-inch or larger margins on all sides.  Number the pages of the research plan.  Do not include a table of contents or appendices.  A bibliography is not considered part of the three-page limit.

Letter from the Host

Please provide a letter from the host supporting the proposed research and visit(s).  

Host Biosketch (five-page limit)

Submit a biographical sketch or CV for the individual in charge of the host laboratory.  

Budget (template provided)

Using the Budget Form template, submit a detailed budget of the proposed work.  Grants are not intended to support travel to domestic or international meetings, salaries/fringe benefits, equipment/computer purchases, laboratory/lecture courses, or indirect costs.

Awards will be made to North American degree-granting institutions on behalf of the named award recipients. The institutions are responsible for disbursing the funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records and receipts of expenditures. 

Recipients must make their own arrangements for airfare, accommodations, meals, ground transportation, etc. through institutional procedures.  Grants do not include support for the recipient's spouse or family. 

BWF will allow up to $500 of the travel grant to be used to cover costs at the host's lab in addition to the supplies and materials budget.  Candidates who begin travel before notification of grant approval will not receive funding. Single or multiple visits to the host laboratory must be completed by December 31, 2017 (no exceptions or extensions).  After grants are made, visits cannot be modified without permission from BWF.

Signature Page Form (template provided)

Complete the Signature Page Form template and obtain the appropriate signatures. Signatures and contact information for the applicant and institutional official who will sign the Signature Page are required.  This official is typically the official responsible for sponsored programs.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the institution’s name and the institutional contact is correctly entered. 

For instructions to submit the application, see Submission Process.