[robotics-worldwide] Travel Grants for NIST Microrobotics Challenge at IEEE ICRA 2011

Popa, Dan popa at uta.edu
Fri Apr 1 09:37:28 PDT 2011

Dear Colleagues,

As you may know, the US National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) is organizing the 2011 NIST Microrobtics Challenge in conjunction with the IEEE ICRA 2011, May 9-13 in Shanghai, China. During this event, participants will operate controllable robots with dimensions below 600 microns.

This year, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing additional travel support to ICRA for student participants based at participating US schools.

A committee for reviewing travel grant applications has been recently formed and is accepting submissions according to the following timetable:

-          Applications accepted: April 1 - April 29

-          Funding decision for individual applicants: April 9 - May 6

Faculty sponsoring teams participating in the NIST Challenge 2011 are invited to apply for a travel grant up to $2000 per student. The grant will cover airfare reimbursement for coach/economy class on US flag carriers only.  Travel funds will be distributed as reimbursements upon submission of receipts and a brief trip report after the NIST Challenge event.

The University of Texas at Arlington will be managing the reimbursement process.

The selection criteria will be as follows:
‐ Applicants must be US based, graduate, undergraduate or postdoctoral students.
‐ The applicant team must be officially entered to participate in the 2011 competition.
- The applicant has significantly contributed to the successful demonstration of their team’s
-Availability of funds

How To Apply: The application for travel funds consists of an email from the advisor of the applicant,
sent to NISTTravelGrant [at] gmail.com with "NIST Travel Grant Application" as the subject line. Item #3
below should be customized by the applicant. The email should contain the following information:
1. The name of the applicant, the applicant's email address and university, and verification that the
applicant is a student at the time of the submission of the request for travel funds.
2. The title of the team, a one‐sentence description of the technical area of interest of the team,
and a description of the role of the student on the team.
3. A brief description (e.g., one paragraph) of opportunities for planned visits before or after ICRA
2011, and the expected impact of participation in the NIST Microrobotics Challenge on the
applicant's professional development.
4. If applicable, the funding agency and grant title and number under which the research was
5. Other sources of travel funding available for the applicant. Note that this travel grant will not
cover all expenses, so other funding sources should be available.

Please feel free to distribute this email to all those who are interested!

Dan Popa, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
The Univ. of Texas at Arlington
Office Address: NH 543
Mailing Address: Box 19016 Arlington, TX 76019-0016
Phone: 817-948-4819 (cell), 817-272-3342 (office), 817-272-2253 (fax)

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