Research Week.

Travel with a Purpose

The Travel with a Purpose Grant Competition will award up to three teams or individuals $3,000 in funds to use for travel as part of a partnership with a community, industry partner, or lab to enhance existing collaborations or start new partnerships. They will also receive support from ORAP, IREO, and ONLP to initiate contact and/or develop strategic, industrial, community, or lab partnerships.

Public Presentations Event

Join in to support your colleagues competing for a Travel with a Purpose Grant and to hear about their exciting research!

Time and Place

3:00 – 4:00, October 16, 2023, via Zoom.


PresenterProposal Title
Jingru SunBuilding a custom high-speed microscope to capture real-time neuronal signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans
Hillary MellingerResiliency, Resourcefulness, and Responsibility: How Spanish-Speaking Communities Navigate Language Barriers with Police
Jacqueline WilsonTribal School Swing: Bringing Music Education to the Youth of the Coeur d’Alene Reservation
Chris ConnollyPreventing death, cardiac arrest, and serious injury during ultra-endurance triathlon through real-time objective monitoring
Troy BennefieldExpanding our Knowledge of the Forbidden and Forgotten Composers from the Holocaust
Konstantine MatveevHydrogen R&D Proposals with NTNU
Stephen BramwellEcological Grazing Knowledge Transfer
Meijun ZhuExploring California Stone Fruit Packing Facilities: A Journey into Agricultural Excellence and Microbial Food Safety Research Initiative

  • Submit a proposal using the form below, summarizing the proposed use of the funds.
  • Finalists selected from the pool of applicants will give 3–5 minute pitches to a panel of reviewers during Research Week (October 16–20). The panel will select the awardees from the finalists based on the strength of their proposals and pitches.
  • Deadline: 5:00 pm, September 25, 2023

  • This competition is open to full-time WSU faculty in any track systemwide.
  • PI must work with their finance manager to have the funds transferred from the Office of Research by December 1, 2023.

Application Due*5:00 pm, September 25, 2023
Research Week PresentationsOctober TBD, 2023
Award AnnouncementOctober 19, 2023
Award RecognizedOctober 20, 2023
Funds Transfer DeadlineDecember 1, 2023

*An earlier due date was circulated in prior communications. The date listed here is correct.

In the budget section of your application, list the proposed use(s) of the award with costs for each item, breaking down costs by category (transportation, lodging, meals, etc.). Estimated costs are acceptable where exact costs are unavailable. Provide brief justifications for each item in reference to your Project Description.

During Research Week 2023, the lead PI or the team will give a 3–5 minute pitch to a general WSU audience and the review panel. The pitch should convey the core ideas, purpose, and expected benefits of the proposed activity to a non-specialist, multi-disciplinary audience. A short question and answer period will follow. The review panel will select the most promising and compelling project to receive the award/s.

Note: Based on number of written applications received, applicants may be shortlisted for the public presentation. The Office of Research will contact applicants with further instructions after October 2.

The successful projects will be announced on October 19 and recognized during the Research Week awards ceremony on October 20.


Please submit any questions to the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (