A research proposal that might potentially involve substantial international collaboration may request special supplemental travel funds to support costs associated with foreign travel. In addition to the same stipend and stipend supplements awarded to FES postdoctoral researchers, the International Travel Supplement is to support foreign travel costs, and qualified costs associated with extended visits at a foreign institution. In addition to the standard conditions for the base FES postdoctoral researcher award, the following should be met:
- Applicants must have two project mentors: one from an institution in the United States and one from an institution abroad.
- The proposed research is specifically focused on the applicant developing a unique scientific competency or expertise.
- For experimental research proposals:
- The applicant plans to spend a significant fraction of their appointment at a foreign facility in order to participate in various stages of an experimental campaign including but not limited to planning, preparation, execution, and data analysis.
- The proposal involves a collaborative research effort utilizing experimental data from both the foreign facility and either (i) experimental data from at least one facility located in the United States, and/or (ii) ongoing theory/simulation efforts by researchers in the United States.
- For theoretical or computational research proposals:
- The applicant plans to spend a significant fraction of their appointment at a foreign institution in order to work closely with the proposed foreign mentor.
- The proposal contains a collaborative research effort involving fundamental theory and/or theoretical models developed abroad and either (i) ongoing theory/simulation efforts by researchers in the United States, and/or (ii) ongoing analysis of experimental data from fusion facilities in the United States.
Applicants who wish to be considered for International Travel Supplement should complete the special sections of the application, including a proposed travel plan, schedule, and budget. The incremental research enabled by the International Travel Supplement should be described in a separate, dedicated section of the research plan so that the base research plan may still be selected even if the funds for a travel supplement are not provided.
For all applications, the FES program will support one domestic trip per appointment year.