http://people.cs.vt.edu/~kafura/vita.html Why do people put things like "Travel Grant, Virginia Tech, $900, to attend the European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, July 10-14, Nottingham England." on their CV ?
I thnk the real question is why where you reading this to find out about that travel grant? Seriously though, I suspect that the proffessor needs to get these grants in order to do his work, and quite often people giving the grants want it to be recognised. So every grant he receives gets listed. Then he can tell his sponsers that he gave them recognition in 'x' papers (not mentioning that one paper was his CV). Could also be good for when he is looking for work - any future employer (which is only likely to be another university) can see that he does give recognition to those who support him. Regards, Andrew