ICRA-2005 organizers are proud to have the sponsorship of the US National Science Foundation toward travel grants for US researchers attending the conference.
US NSF travel awards are aimed at supporting the attendance and increasing the diversity of US researchers at ICRA-05. Applications from all members of the ICRA community, all areas of research, and especially from students, women, and under-represented minorities were strongly encouraged. We received a very large number of excellent applications this year. While the size of the applicant pool, combined with the cost of attending the conference, made it impossible to fund all worthy applications, a large number of applicants received funding, enabling mostly students from diverse backgrounds all around the US to attend ICRA-05.
All NSF ICRA-05 travel awards have been allocated; the awards and the declines were announced by email. Award amounts vary based on a collection of criteria including need, location of departure, seniority (students were given the highest priority by far this year), and diversity.
Recipients of the travel award must closely follow the reimbursement eligibility criteria outlined below.
Reimbursement eligibility criteria:
Award recipients must have current and valid US social security numbers and must reside permanently in the United States. They must also be authors/co-authors of an accepted ICRA-05 paper.
Reimbursable ICRA-05 travel expenses include air-fare on qualifying carriers (see guidelines below), taxi fares to and from the airport, and hotel room costs during the conference. Note that lodging expenses can be reimbursed only for the dates of the conference (Sunday, April 17th-Saturday, April 23rd). Conference registration fees cannot be covered by this travel grant.
Travelers must use US-flag air carriers except for travel between points outside the US. Use of a foreign-flag air carrier is permissible if travel by a: foreign-flag air carrier would eliminate two or more aircraft changes en route;
U.S.-flag air carrier would extend the time in a travel status by at least four hours more than travel by a foreign-flag air carrier and the travel is not part of the trip to or from the U.S.; or U.S.-flag air carrier would require a connecting time of four hours or more at an overseas interchange point.
Travel award reimbursement procedure:
Detailed reimbursement guidelines will be provided to all recipients of the travel award. All reimbursement materials must be provided no later than May 25th, 2005 (one month after the completion of ICRA-05) to the address that was sent to the award recipients at the time of the announcement of the travel awards.
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