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Travel Guidelines

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all work travel is currently suspended.

Some general guidelines on conference / travel guidelines for PennLINC team members follow below. These are general guidelines (not inflexible rules); please contact Ted if further discussion is warranted.

  1. Trainees/staff have a varying base rate of conference funds available based on their primary funding mechanism. I will provide travel/conf funds (under certain circumstances) to allow each trainee $2k per year in total domestic travel expenses. Thus, if you receive $500/year in travel support from your program (e.g., NGG), you would be eligible for up to $1500 in additional annual support from me.

  2. To receive travel support, one must have an accepted first-author poster or talk that has not previously been presented. Re-presentation of a project is usually not contrary to conference rules, but is (usually) not eligible for travel funds.

  3. Data should be in near-final form by time of presentation— i.e., the reported results in the abstract should be close what will appear in the paper. These results should be independently replicated by another member of the team prior to conference submission (see Project Reproducibility Guide). Note that potential reviewers often will be interested in the poster at a conference; it is poor form for results to change dramatically from the poster to the paper.

  4. If there is a travel award available for the conference, one must apply for it in order to be eligible for travel funds. Note that the deadline for these awards is often far ahead of of the abstract deadline. This is particularly relevant for OHBM, and often is the only mechanism for international travel (see below)

  5. Final abstracts (with replicated results) need to be submitted to me 7 days before conference deadline, in order to allow me to review (2d) and then give co-authors 5d to review abstract.

  6. Before becoming eligible for a subsequent round of support for a new project, the paper associated with the previously-presented poster must be submitted for publication. (There are some rare exceptions to this one).

  7. International travel cannot be billed to federal grants except under special circumstances; thus international travel (usually, OHBM) merits additional discussion with me and is generally requires a higher bar in terms of conference fit and potential impact. Anyone proposing international travel to attend OHBM must apply for the travel award.

  8. Please submit receipts immediately after the trip. Delayed submission can risk the ability to receive reimbursement due to strict university/federal regulations, which is a bureaucratic process. This requires going through Concur. Sophia is the current Concur expert in the lab. Please note that if you are going to use shared accommodation, it is best to email John Hyon about this before the trip. (And always cc me on any correspondence with John).

  9. Conference travel is a privilege, and is dependent upon both funding and being a positive force for the community. This includes supporting colleagues in collaborative projects, testing software, writing documentation, and regular attendance at lab meetings & the seminar series.