The Faculty Research Travel Fund (FRTF) is available to voting members of the Brown campus-based faculty for assistance in meeting the cost of professional travel. The FRTF is designated to support trips to attend conferences and to do scholarly research or fieldwork.
Faculty may apply for reimbursement for up to a maximum of three trips per academic year, with a total reimbursement cap of $1,900 or less. Faculty are also eligible for a one-time supplement of up to $600 for a single trip to present a paper at an international conference or to conduct research internationally. This $600 supplement will not count against the $1,900 Faculty Research Travel Fund total. Faculty with more than $5,000 in University-provided (non-grant) research or startup funds available will have lower caps on total available support.
For trips that extend across two fiscal years, faculty may normally request reimbursement from either year, but not both. Exceptions will require approval from a Dean. Authorization and payment for expenses relating to trips taking place after July 1 will only be possible after April 1 of the prior fiscal year. Regardless of the dates of travel, requests will count against the funding cap for the year in which they are made. Please make every effort to submit expense reports in the same fiscal year as the travel fund authorization. (I.e. for a trip in July, if an authorization is requested in May please submit expense reports for any available expenses before July 1.) A faculty member on sabbatical leave may apply to the FRTF for aid in supporting travel expenses for scholarly research incurred in the course of one trip during that leave.