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Travel Awards

The CompNet Travel Award initiative was created to support research-related travel of our members.

Applications are encouraged from any CompNet affiliated faculty, researchers, post-docs, or students who would like to participate in conferences, workshops, summer schools, or other activities that enrich the participant's career, enhance the applicant’s training, and / or promote the dissemination of CompNet research to the external community.


As many meritorious applications will be funded as resources allow, with merit judged using the following criteria:

  1. Potential benefit to the applicant from the proposed activities. Preference will be given to applicants who are presenting new research results, engaging in training opportunities, or otherwise actively involved in disseminating or creating new knowledge. We are unlikely to provide travel funds for an applicant to attend a standard conference unless the applicant is presenting their work. We may, however, support attendance at workshops, tutorials, or other events if they provide unique, exceptional training or career development opportunities for the applicant, even if the applicant is not presenting research.
  2. Visibility / impact of proposed activity. Preference will be given to applications for travel to meetings engaging high-profile experts in the field who have interests aligned with CompNet's research mission. For instance, conferences with a large international audience and a focus on computational neuroscience will be viewed more favorably than participation in a regional conference with a focus less aligned with CompNet’s mission.
  3. Need for CompNet support. Preference will be given to applicants who have limited access to other sources for travel funding. We expect applicants to make a good faith effort to secure funding from other sources. This means that in cases where there are other funding opportunities for which the applicant is eligible to apply (such as through the organization putting on the conference), we may make the award contingent upon proof that the applicant applied for, but did not receive, funding from this other source.


In order to allow a greater number of applications to be supported, all travel awards are capped at $1000, and allowable expenses are limited to travel, housing, and registration fees. Other costs, including meals, will not be covered. We expect applicants to be mindful of costs when making plans. This means searching out roommates, rather than paying for a single room, finding low fares, and seeking out good value wherever practical and feasible. In addition, applications will only be approved for travel that has not already occurred. We will not provide reimbursement after the fact for travel already completed or begun at the time of application.

Applications must be typed, have your mentor’s signature and a budget breakdown. If not, your application will be returned to you. Completed applications are to be submitted to Sushma Hallock ( at least six weeks prior to the proposed travel. Original receipts must be turned in within 30 days of travel completion for reimbursement.

Keep an eye out for announcements of soft application deadlines, anticipated to occur roughly once per semester; however, applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Application Files

Below is the travel award application, as well as an example application. Return information is included at the top of the form.

Contact Information

If anyone has questions, comments, or suggestions about our process or approach, we welcome them. Please email Sushma Hallock at