Our guidelines for Faculty Research and Curriculum Development Grants state clearly that "grants will not ordinarily be made to fund attendance at professional conferences, unless the proposal demonstrates the conference's relevance to the research project." Keep in mind that it is not the relevance to one's scholarship, one's overall research agenda, but the relevance to a particular proposed research project. To get conference travel money, you should be able to demonstrate why attending this conference is integral to the successful completion of your research project. If you cannot do that, don't ask for it.
• Fundable Travel: actually conducting research at such conventions, serious planning sessions or working sessions at conventions with co-investigators, attendance at workshops or other training sessions to gain skills necessary for the research project.
• Non-Fundable Travel: Paper presentations that present results from the research, but which are not integral to the research proposal. It is common practice for academics to present the results of our research at professional meetings. If we need better support for these activities on campus, then we should encourage the Academic Affairs office and the Deans to come up with ways to provide that support outside the framework of the R&D Committee.