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Short-Term Visits

All faculty and postdoc members are eligible to apply for short-term visits to collaborate on research related to the themes of the Network.

The program can be used for small groups (two to five researchers) to meet for periods of up to two weeks.  Such meetings can take place at the home node of one team member, at a ‘neutral’ node which agrees to host the group or at a mathematical research institute which supports visitor programs (e.g. SQUAREs at AIM, or RiP at MFO).

Applications should include a brief description of the purpose of the visit, and a letter of invitation  from the network member or institution who will act as host.


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: Thursday, March 30, 2017
Deadline for consideration at next meeting:  8 am (US Central Standard Time) Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Use of the programs to attend meetings: 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.  Such interactions may however take place at locations and at times that, in addition to the primary purpose of the visit, facilitate attendance at a meeting. 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.

Short-Term Visit Application Form

Each successful applicant is required to submit a brief report at the end of the 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.]