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The Network provides funds for longer term exchanges. This program will enable faculty or postdocs to spend up to a semester away from their home institution working with other network members.

All faculty and postdoc members are eligible to apply.  Support for exchanges by faculty includes travel expenses and subsistence. Postdocs are eligible for a stipend in addition to travel and subsistence expenses.

Applications should include a CV, a list of relevant publications, a detailed description of the purpose of the visit, and a letter of sponsorship  from a Network member who will act as host.  Postdoctoral researchers must also include a letter of support from the mentor at the home institution.


The GEAR Executive Committee meets once a month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month, to review applications to all GEAR programs. Decisions are announced and award letters sent out within a few days of the meetings.

Next meeting: Monday, July 8, 2019
Deadline for consideration at next meeting:  8 am (US Central Standard Time) Friday, July 5, 2019

Use of the programs to attend meetings [Updated on May 1, 2018]: the Short Term Visits, Exchanges, or Graduate Internships programs are not intended to fund travel for the sole purpose of attending meetings or conferences. The primary purpose of these programs is to facilitate research interactions between network members at different nodes.While such interactions may take place at locations and at times that - in addition to the primary purpose of the visit - facilitate attendance at a meeting, visits of this nature will be given low priority when deciding how to allocate the remaining funds in the GEAR budgets. Please note also that when applying to use the programs in this way, the application should emphasize the primary purpose of the visit, i.e. it should make clear which GEAR members will be getting together and for what purpose.

Exchange Application Form

Each successful applicant is required to submit a brief report at the end of the exchange visit describing what was accomplished.  Click here to submit your report online.

Please note that the regulations of the National Science Foundation impose the following restrictions on funding by GEAR:

 [A foreign participant is one who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.]