Research Administration and Development

MEIF Travel Fund

MEIF funds may be used to support travel expenses for faculty, staff or students presenting research results at national meetings or conferences. Please note, funds for student travel are only available to students who will be presenting their research at a conference.  Faculty members traveling to visit with funding agencies and program officers are also supported by this fund. MEIF travel fund requests are funded on an ongoing basis, with priority given to requests that embrace the following principles:

  • Does the research supported by the travel fit into one of the seven targeted areas: biotechnology, aquaculture and marine technology, composite materials technology, environmental technology, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, information technology and precision manufacturing technology?
  • How will this contribute to the traveler’s professional development?
  • Has the traveler or faculty sponsor shown demonstrated success in the past, as evidenced by external funding and/or publications?

Please note – funds should only be requested from MEIF after traveler has used all other professional development funds provided by USM, and travel funds provided by currently funded grants.


  • Submit request in writing to the Associate VP of Academic Affairs for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, via email, at least two months prior to travel date
  • Request reviewed and decision communicated to traveler within one week of receipt.

Required Request Guidelines

  • Name of traveler
  • Purpose of travel
  • Destination and Date (including conference title and the subject matter to be presented)
  • Itemized budget for funds requested
  • Other sources of funding requested (from whom, dollar amount including awarded amount if applicable)
  • State how the project relates to MEIF and USM principles, and will serve the citizens of Maine
  • How does this activity align with the commercialization and development mission of MEIF?
  • A one page report on travel should be submitted within one week of returning from the trip. Report should include at a minimum: all the above and a summary of how this trip contributed to traveler’s professional development. It is the faculty mentor’s responsibility to ensure that student travelers submit their report. Failure to do so will jeopardize the faculty member’s eligibility for future MEIF travel funds.