Section 10 – Travel on Sponsored Projects

Most sponsors will cover reasonable and necessary travel costs incurred by the project personnel for travel that is directly related to the activity being funded.

All travel and travel reimbursements shall follow the UF Travel Directives and Procedures.

Another great resource is the UF Traveler’s Brochure which walks you through the UF travel procedures.

All travel should be approved in advance. A formal travel authorization (TA) must be completed for the following:

  • Conference / Convention
  • International travel (see international travel section below for additional information)
  • Registration Fees
  • Any trip that requires an advance

Most sponsors will cover reasonable and necessary travel costs incurred by the project personnel for travel that is directly related to the activity being funded.

All travel and travel reimbursements shall follow the UF Travel Directives and Procedures.

Sponsor Restrictions Do Apply

Certain sponsored projects may contain award provisions that prohibit or limit the amount and type of travel and/or travel reimbursements. Principal Investigators and appropriate sponsored projects personnel should make sure any proposed travel is in accordance with the sponsored project’s agreement before the travel begins.

If you have any questions about your specific grant or contract and possible travel limitations you should contact your assigned Contract and Grant Accounting RA.

Budgeting Travel in Proposals

Many agencies request specific cost information for each proposed trip, including a narrative justification describing the travel to be taken.

When budgeting travel you should include destination, number of trips planned, number of travelers, airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, conference fees, and other costs allowed to be reimbursed. If mileage is to be paid, provide the number of miles and the cost per mile.

For travel for both federal and non-federal proposals you must use the state travel reimbursement rates for per diems and mileage.

Foreign travel meals may be budgeted for and will be reimbursed based on the GSA Foreign Per Diem Rates.

International Travel

Registration and Insurance

As required by university policy one must register all UF business related international travel with the UF International Center at http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/TravelRegistration.html.  The UF International Center (UFIC) can also provide you with information on various insurance options for those traveling overseas.  To obtain information on insurance contact UFIC Insurance directly at 352 273-1542.

Traveling with Equipment Outside of U.S.

When traveling with equipment, check with the Asset Management Services (Property Office)  60-90 days before traveling with equipment outside of US to resolve any export licensing issues. Best practice for international travel with a laptop is to take a clean laptop (i.e., one that does not contain any specialized software or controlled/restricted data).  Complete the Asset Management Off-Campus certification process if you will be taking any UF property out of the US on a temporary or permanent basis.  The requirement for completing an off campus certification applies irrespective of the dollar value.  In other words one would have to complete an off campus certification for a $5,000 scientific instrument as well as a $900 computer.

Traveling to a Designated Terrorist State is Prohibited

The use of state or non-state funds made available to state universities to implement, organize, direct, coordinate, or administer activities related to or involving travel to a designated terrorist state is prohibited by Florida Statute 1011.90. For purposes of this section, “terrorist state” is defined as any state, country, or nation designated by the United States Department of State as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Please contact the Division of Research Compliance 60 – 90 days in advance if you plan to travel to or through a designated terrorist state using funds other than those made available to UF (i.e., personal funds or funding awarded directly to you).  The Division of Research Compliance in collaboration with the traveler, UF International Center and the General Counsel’s office will determine if a US Government authorization and/or license is necessary.

Currently, the U.S. Department of State assigns that designation to four countries: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Travelers should read appropriate U.S. Department of State advisories before beginning travel to a foreign destination.

Additional factors to take into consideration when traveling overseas:

  • Verify whether or not a the destination country(ies) requires an import certification or other approval for any item, software or material being brought into the country;
  • Verify whether or not the destination country(ies) require a license or other authorization to conduct the research;
  • Are there any import or export taxes required to be paid on any equipment or assets being imported into and/or exported out of the destination country(ies);
  • Are any of the persons and/or entities to be visited a restricted party requiring US Government authorization prior to implementing project and/or commencing travel;
  • Does the country(ies) of destination require a permit, license or other government authorization prior to removing any research artifacts (i.e., historical artifacts, archeological finds, biological materials, animal parts, live animals, etc.)
  • Does my Sponsor require prior approval before starting any international travel (even if already identified and approved in the budget); and,
  • If the project is subject to a Technology Control Plan has the traveler(s) contacted the Division of Research Compliance before initiating any international travel associated with the project.

Please contact the Division of Research Compliance (DRC) at 352 392-9174 if you have any questions regarding international travel.  DRC will answer your question or identify the appropriate party for your specific issue.

Use United States Flag Carriers when Federal Funds Are Involved

The Federal Travel Regulations, 41 CFR 301-10.131, titled “Use of United States Flag Carriers” more commonly known as the “Fly America Act” requires that all air travel paid for with federal funds (sponsored projects in Fund 201) must be on a US flag carrier or a US flag carrier service provided under a code-share agreement.

To help ensure compliance with this federal regulation please follow the UF Travel Directives and Procedures on this topic.

Exceptions are permitted under the Fly America Act (see Directives and Procedures above for a list of exceptions).

All Exceptions must be documented prior to travel and pre-approved by the UF Travel Office. In no case is the use of a foreign air carrier justified because of cost, convenience, or traveler preference.

To receive an exception you must complete the Fly America Act Exceptions Form and submit to the UF Travel Office Approval.