Travel

SLAC or Stanford Travel?

Most travel for SIMES is done on behalf of a DOE project, and thus is approved and reimbursed using SLAC travel procedures. The first thing the scientist should determine is whether his/her travel involves SIMES or Stanford University funding.

Traveling for SLAC

Traveling for business at SLAC involves many rules due to our DoE funding restrictions. What follows is an overview of these rules. Refer to the SLAC Travel Office website for more information, advice and tips on traveling. Please do not hesitate to contact SIMES Administration if you have questions.

As of August 2017 SLAC is using a new travel system, called Concur.

Note: If you set up your profile with the SIMES Travel Admin (currently Chris MacIntosh) as delegate, then she can help you enter travel requests and expenses.

Update May 2017: All foreign travel FTAs must include an emergency contact, not just Germany and Switzerland as the form states.
If you are including personal days, domestic or foreign, you will need an airfare comparison for reimbursement.  When making your airline reservation, search for and save an itinerary and pricing for the trip without personal days.

Main SLAC Travel page  is here: https://travel.slac.stanford.edu/

There are  “Quick Start Guides” which walk you through doing Travel Requests, Expense Requests, and more.

Conference Registration fees are submitted for reimbursement on the expense report, whether or not they will be reimbursed from STAP funds.

If you travel to UC Berkeley or Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, see this page.

Refer to the Creating an Expense Report for Registration Fees Charged to STAP Quick Start Guide for detailed steps on how to itemize and allocate your registration fees.

SLAC Visitor Travel and Reimbursement

SLAC’s scientists and administrators often invite visitors to SLAC to discuss research findings or to collaborate on research projects. If the visitor’s travel expenses are to be reimbursed using DOE funds, the visitor must follow a prescribed SLAC process. In addition, foreign nationals are asked to visit the SLAC International Service Office to verify their passports/visas. See Visitor Travel information . SIMES Administration can assist you.

Traveling for Stanford University

Travel that is to be supported and reimbursed through Stanford University does not require pre-approval (except if postdoc or student — see below). Scientists may arrange their travel with just a few caveats (e.g. air travel must be with a domestic carrier: save your receipts). SIMES Administration can assist in requesting reimbursement or the scientist can process his/her own reimbursement. See the Travel section at Stanford’s Gateway to Financial Activities (Fingate) for information on traveling with Stanford.

Preapproval (Students and Postdocs Only): Reimbursement payments to students and postdocs who attend, speak or present at a conference or meeting, or visit a field site or off-campus laboratory, will be tax-reportable unless one of two documents are included with the reimbursement request.