Learning new analytical techniques and software management methods.
Learning or assisting in developing and implementing novel clinical protocols.
Trainee Travel Fund
The Trainee Travel Fund (TTF) aims to provide awardees with the opportunity for additional training to advance their academic or career development in the field of human milk and lactation, which otherwise could not be attained in an awardee’s current training environment. The TTF will cover short-term activities that are achievable between two weeks and three months.
TTF-funded activities could include, for example:
The scope of the TTF also encompasses other fields, such as Public Health, Health Economics and others related to the field of human milk and lactation.
The TTF covers up to USD $10,000 per awardee for visa-related costs, roundtrip transportation to/from the activity destination, accommodation, personal expenses (food, local transportation) and basic supplies connected to the proposed research activities. 5-10 awards will be granted per year.
To be eligible for a Trainee Travel Fund, the applicant must:
- Be an ISRHML member in good standing (no pending dues at application deadline date) at the time of application deadline and at the time when proposed expansion (travel) occurs, for applicants from LMIC countries according to the World Bank List ISRHML membership fees can be covered by the grant funds, and
- usually be involved already in a project that is relevant to research in human milk and lactation, and
- propose to visit a group outside the current training facility to receive additional training (expansion) that is:
- relevant to research in human milk and lactation, and
- is otherwise not available or sufficient at the current location
Awardees are selected based on evidence that the proposed activity will provide additional training that adds value to their academic and/or career development in the field of human milk and lactation AND that otherwise cannot be obtained in the current training environment. Awardees will also be selected based on evident potential for career growth in the field of human milk and lactation.
Applicants will be assessed within the context of their specific discipline. Successful applications will meet the following criteria:
- The applicant’s academic record is of high quality.
- The applicant’s training and experience, to-date, are consistent with a career in human milk and lactation research.
- The applicant is able to both excel at and benefit from the training activity.
- Evidence of service to the field of human milk and lactation research is advantageous.
- The travel expansion plan is clearly and logically articulated. The applicant’s role in the training expansion is explicitly stated.
- The learning objectives and training expansion plan document a clear need for, and value of, the training expansion, for both the applicant and the field of human milk and lactation.
- The travel expansion plan is specific to the learning objectives.
- The travel expansion plan is feasible, given the applicant’s academic and research background and expansion timeline.
- The travel expansion timeline is logically justified in relation to the learning objectives.
- The evaluation methods for the achievement of learning objectives are appropriate to measure outcome.
- The budget is fully justified and reasonable in relation to the travel expansion plan.
- The applicant clearly and logically justifies the choice of proposed training institution and/or mentor (as applicable).
- The proposed travel expansion is relevant to the applicant’s career trajectory in the field of human milk and lactation.
- The hosting supervisor has clearly committed (a) to actively mentor the trainee and (b) provide a research environment required to successfully complete the expansion.
- The available space, facilities, equipment, and personnel support are appropriate given (a) the applicant’s academic and research background and (b) the travel expansion plan.
- The hosting supervisor has an excellent mentorship track record and provides a clear mentorship plan for the applicant.
Any Trainee Travel Fund awardee needs to comply with the following:
- Begin the project by April 1st of the year following receiving the award.
- Extension of start date or duration is possible, details have to be negotiated on an individual basis with the TEP responsible at ISRHML.
- The grant recipients and their institutions shall be responsible for obtaining and maintaining all necessary approvals from relevant ethics committees, animal review boards and data protection officers as required for the conduct of the project, and for reporting and submitting copies of these approvals to ISRHML or its service provider.
- Timely notification of all changes and deviations from the contract (start date, duration, end date, persons or institutions, etc.).
- Reimbursement of any unused amount to ISRHML.
- Acknowledgement of the support of ISRHML and FLRF in any publications, abstracts or other reports created in relation to the funded work.
- Delivery of a final report to ISRHML within three months of the completion date of the funded activity according to the Awardee Report Template.
- Participate in the TEP Alumni Club to support and mentor others once their project is completed. FLRF and ISRHML will collaborate in creating and supporting the TEP Alumni Club.
The Potential Awardees shall complete the application online via the ISRHML website; the application shall include the following information:
- Online application form
- Curriculum vitae (including publications and prior funding, if available). Please use the EUROPASS format
- Copy of transcript for current studies or most recently completed degree
- Proof of enrollment letter from current academic or training institution (include expected date of program completion)
- Two reference letters – one from current mentor; the second cannot be from proposed hosting mentor
- Support letter and a curriculum vitae (including publications and funding sources) from proposed hosting supervisor (include a confirmation of applicant acceptance at the hosting institution, a mentorship track record, and a description of the mentorship plan
- Documentation of active ISRHML trainee membership
When submitting required documents, i.e., Budget Form and Type of Training, the pre-defined templates MUST BE USED (see below). Documents will not be accepted in any other format.
Some answers to questions often asked about the TTF
It says “up to” which means you will not be awarded more than USD $10,000. Therefore, additional funding to run samples would potentially be necessary or the host institution may provide this in-kind. This is important to address as reviewers will be judging feasibility of the project. However, you cannot claim twice for the same expenses i.e., on the TEP grant and the other source of funding. Any leftover money must be transferred back to ISRHML.
Anything within reason – we have not approved requests for mobile phones or computers. Ensure telecommunication costs are reasonable bearing in mind you will have access to Wi-Fi at the host university or institution.
Yes, there is a dedicated line in the budget form for medical health insurance, but this depends on the country you would like to travel to, as every country has its own regulation regarding health insurance coverage for visiting students
Yes, there is a dedicated line in the budget form for accommodation.
This is individual and depends on the place you would like to travel to. We are aware that some places are more expensive than others and will take this into consideration. We recommend speaking with your host about accommodation, as some universities offer cheaper accommodation for visiting students.
It is best to discuss the best practice for shipping samples with your host universities. Cost of expenses can change over time.
This is project dependent, and it will be discussed if a publication is feasible within three months and if the publication fees should be budgeted in. If this is the case, money will be withheld for this and paid at the time of publication submission.
The TTF is specifically to travel to learn a skill not available at your university. This is capacity building (you get to take the skill back to your lab) – it is not a grant to run samples in another lab. So, the answer is no in this case.
The project should be achievable within three months. Reduced time must be justified, i.e., it must be a reasonable time to carry out the training or experiments. It is usually considered that 4 weeks is an average minimal time to learn a new skill.
Start date is flexible and dependent upon both the recipient and host institutions – justification is usually required in these cases.
No, your proposed mentor doesn’t have to be an ISRHML member. But it’s important that she/he is an expert in the field you are planning to do your project in.
Yes – you can but you cannot apply for both at the same time. Alexandra George is a good example of a TTF and a TBF recipient.