D.C. Flights

The Office for Proposal Development coordinates trips to Washington, D.C. in an effort to meet with Federal Program Officers and other individuals representing potential research funding agencies in and around the D.C. area. Travel takes place on following dates for the 2019/2020 academic year.

September 17, 2019

October 15, 2019

February 18, 2020

April 21, 2020

June 16, 2020


To sign up for the flight, please click on the following link to fill out an application: https://universityofalabama.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Icx5vagQ78NgH3. Faculty must have an appointment already scheduled in order to complete the application and secure a seat on the flight. We ask that appointments be scheduled between 12:00-3:00 EST.

This a great opportunity for UA faculty to have face-to-face interactions with program officers in an effort to build the necessary relationships to help foster future research projects. If one or two seats are available, we will accept faculty who are not necessarily seeking funding from an agency in D.C. but would instead benefit from a day of research. This would include places like the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library, National Archives, Smithsonian, and other archives, museums or libraries.  Faculty who are interested in this opportunity should speak with their Associate Dean for Research.

The flight may be canceled or delayed at any time due to safety reasons, insufficient passenger load, or weather.

The aircraft typically used for this program is capable of providing accommodations for eight passengers, one of whom will always be a member of the OPD, or a designated representative.

For more information, contact Lanna Nations at lnations@ua.edu (205-348-6792).

Flight Itinerary

The flight to Washington, D.C. is a one day trip. Passengers meet at Hawthorne Global (4800 Carter Dr, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401) at 6:30 AM. The plane arrives in Dulles, VA at 10:30 AM eastern time. A vehicle is provided for the group. Staff from OPD will provide transportation to and from agencies for faculty. Please note that if there is a time sensitive issue, Metro, Uber or Lyft may be used to accommodate the compact schedule.

Passengers will return to Dulles no later than 4:30 PM eastern time for the return flight to Tuscaloosa. Passengers will arrive in Tuscaloosa between 6:30-7:00 PM central time.