Travel for Techniques (TfT) Program

  Winter Cycle: Dec. 15 – Feb. 15

  Summer Cycle: Apr. 16 – Jun. 15

  Fall Cycle:
Aug. 15 – Oct. 15

TfT is a travel support program for AAI regular and associate member scientists intended to assist them in learning techniques needed for their research. This program will reimburse expenses for one trip to another laboratory to learn a technique. Applications are considered three times a year and awards are based on relevance of the technique to the applicant's program and financial need.

Advance written approval of the PI hosting the visiting scientist is required using the Host PI Confirmation Form (below). This form must be signed by the host PI and submitted with the application in a single combined PDF document.

Scientists with independent research programs (PIs) may apply. Applicants must be AAI regular or associate members in good standing and remain as such for the duration of the award. The applicant is eligible to travel; may assign the award to a trainee in his or her lab; or may assign the award to another lab member. The trainee or lab member must also be an AAI member in good standing and remain as such for the duration of the award. Awards are limited to one person per laboratory. This program does not support travel to workshops.

At the time of application, the PI should have no more than $250,000 U.S. dollars (USD) in total annual direct costs from grants (of any type) and/or institutional research support, including start-up funds. PI salary paid from grants may be subtracted from the total annual direct costs. Independence and funding levels must be confirmed by the applicant’s department head or dean.

Members of the AAI Council and their departments (if the council member is a chair) are ineligible to apply for this award. Scientists employed by for-profit corporations or federal agencies are ineligible to apply for this award.

Applicants may request funding for one future trip to learn a new technique from a research group at another institution. Successful applicants will be reimbursed for travel expenses up to $1,500 USD in accordance with the AAI Travel for Techniques Travel Reimbursement Policy.

It is expected that the technique is not available at the applicant’s institution. If the technique is available at the applicant’s institution, the applicant must explain why he is requesting to travel to learn the technique. International travel is allowed but the travel support will not be increased.

Only proposals for future travel plans will be considered for award. An applicant may not submit an application requesting reimbursement for travel that has taken place prior to the application submission date.

Travel must be completed by the application deadline of the next award cycle. For example, if a PI receives a travel award in the Summer Award Cycle (see cycle dates top of page), the PI must complete travel by the application deadline for the Fall Award Cycle (October 15). The awardee will be required to provide a summary of the travel experience at the time the reimbursement claim is submitted.

It is the responsibility of both the visiting and hosting PIs and their lab members, in conjunction with their institutions, to ensure that all academic and research activities carried out in or outside the US comply with the laws or regulations of the US and/or of the foreign country in which the academic and/or research activities are conducted.

Applications will be considered in three award cycles per year (see top of page). If the application deadline falls on a weekend day or a federal holiday, applications will be due by 5 PM Eastern Time on the next regular business day. Fall Cycle awardees are generally announced in December, Winter Cycle awardees in April, and Summer Cycle awardees in August.

Applicants will be required to provide:

  1. A completed Travel for Techniques Application
  2. A completed Host PI Visit Confirmation Form
  3. Applicant’s current CV/NIH Biosketch Please submit completed applications to

For best results, we recommend that the application be downloaded to your computer before filling it out, as not all form fields and document functions may be compatible with your brower. All documents should be uploaded as a single combined PDF file. Please be aware that the single, combined PDF must be no larger than 20MB. Packages that are not complete will not be considered.

2017 - Summer Application Cycle

Kymberly M. Gowdy

Kymberly M. Gowdy, Ph.D. (AAI '14)
Assistant Professor
East Carolina University

Designated Traveler: Brita Kilburg-Basnyat (AAI '16), Postdoctoral Scholar
Destination: Nichole Reisdorph's laboratory at the University of Colorado-Denver
Technique: Analyze samples by mass spectrometry for specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs)
Application: To learn how to detect SPMs in lung tissue after environmental exposures

Sonya M. MacParland

Sonya M. MacParland, Ph.D. (AAI '17)
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto, University Health Network

Designated Traveler: Agata Bartczak (AAI '16), Postdoctoral Fellow
Destination: Nick Crispe's Laboratory in the Department of Immunology, University of Washington
Technique: Culture of viable precision-cut liver slices
Application: To establish models that replicate the 3-dimensional structures to treat liver disease

Penelope A. Morel

Penelope A. Morel, M.D. (AAI '93)
Professor of Immunology
University of Pittsburgh

Destination: Omar Dushek's laboratory at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom
Technique: Tethered enzymatic surface plasmon (SPR) to measure the kinetics of binding phosphatases, such as SHP-1, to phosphorylated peptides
Application: To further her studies on the role that TCR signal strength plays in the differentiation of T regulatory cells and other Th cell subsets

Marko Z. Radic

Marko Z. Radic, Ph.D. (AAI '93)
Associate Professor
University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Designated Traveler: Indira Neeli (AAI '17), Research Associate
Destination: The laboratory of Caroline Jones at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia
Technique: To study the chemotaxis of human and mouse neutrophils in response to inflammatory stimuli on precision-fabricated microfluidic devices to quantify real-time, single cell migration
Application: To determine a precise definition of gene expression and protein function which direct neutrophil migration in inflammation

Melanie R. Rutkowski

Melanie R. Rutkowski, Ph.D. (AAI '16)
Assistant Professor
University of Virginia

Designated Traveler: Claire Rosean (AAI '15), Research Student
Destination: Alex Shalek's laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Technique: To learn how to utilize Seq-Well for single-cell RNA sequencing
Application: To characterize the transcriptional features of immune populations within the breast tumor microenvironment that are associated with early metastatic disease

Past Recipients