UUP Individual Development Awards Applications Now Being Accepted

Published October 13, 2016

The State of New York/United University Professions Joint Labor-Management Committees announced the allocation of funds for Individual Development Awards for activity between July 2, 2016 and March 31, 2017

About Individual Development Awards

This program is intended to assist employees in the UUP bargaining unit in developing their full professional potential and in preparing for advancement by funding professional development activities. The maximum award is $1,000. Applications from those who have not been funded previously are encouraged.

The total amount to be distributed at the University at Buffalo is $78,474 for the period between July 2, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

The Individual Development Award Committee will review applications, taking into consideration whether proposed activities will enable applicants to meet one or more of the criteria (a–e) specified in Article XII, Title A, B, or C, of the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees concerning employees' evaluation and promotion.

Application deadline is 5 p.m. November 29, 2016.

 

You may submit only one application for the award period

Who is Eligible?

Full-time employees must be in the UUP bargaining unit at the time of the award and during the dates of the proposed project. Full-time employees who accrue annual leave will not be required to charge credits for any activities funded by Individual Development Awards.

Part-time employees who meet the eligibility requirements for 26-week coverage for health benefits will have the same eligibility for Individual Development Awards. Part-time employees who are eligible for health benefits during the summer also are eligible for funding for activities that occur during the summer, whether or not they are on the payroll.

The Individual Development Award Committee will give preference for a minimum of 15 percent of the available funds to employees holding part-time appointments at the time of their activity if sufficient applications are received. Part-time employees who accrue annual leave will not be required to charge credits for any activities funded by Individual Development Awards.

Types of Eligible Projects Or Activities

Projects or activities must fall within the following categories:

  • Basic, applied or historical research.
  • Curricular or instructional material development.
  • Workshop, seminar, internship, or coursework not covered by Contract Article 46 or SUNY tuition waiver.
  • Conference participation or attendance.
  • Preparation of material for publication.
  • Grant proposal development.
  • Artistic or creative endeavors.
  • Other work-related professional development projects or activities.

Types of Support

Funding can be awarded for:

  • Registration fee(s) for conferences or workshops
  • Travel and related expenses (includes lodging and meals)
  • Tuition at the maximum allowable SUNY rate at the time of application

Funding may not be awarded to purchase equipment or supplies.

 

All funds must be spent by April 30, 2017.

All funding requests must conform to the State Comptroller's Rules and Regulations and limitations contained therein. Additional justification for specific items may be requested.

Funding Priorities

Funding is awarded based on these priorities:

  • Faculty or staff presenting research papers, posters, or juried exhibitions
  • Faculty in fields with rapidly changing technology attending workshops/conferences to keep skills current
  • Job-related skill enhancement workshops or training institutes
  • Continuing education related to job responsibilities
  • Proportional distribution between faculty, professionals and librarians

Application Procedure

Submit applications to the Individual Development Award Committee:

Only complete applications will be considered!

For the application instructions please click here

Along with the completed application, applicants must submit the following in a single PDF document in the following order:

  • Application form
  • A two page bio sketch or resume
  • A description of the project or activity including:
    • Type of event, event site and sponsor
    • Whether the employee is presenting a paper or formally participating. If presenting a paper, the title of the paper and nature of the presentation must be provided. Identify multiple people attending the same conference.
    • Letter of acceptance of the paper, poster or other proposal. If acceptance is pending, the Campus Professional Development Committee should be notified of receipt as soon as possible.
    • How this project or activity will further the employee’s professional development or otherwise assist in preparing for advancement.
    • A statement indicating the amount of departmental funds available for the project or activity. If none are available, please provide an explanation.
    • A list of any other grant support for the project or activity.
    • A brochure, announcement or other relevant material describing the project or activity. If material is not yet available, please send information as soon as possible.
    • Details and justification for travel expenses including the type of travel, cost of travel and cost of lodging per night.
    • Any other supporting documentation.
    • Budget Summary (Part C of the application). Provide expenditures to be incurred to complete the project or activity. Please refer to Part C: Budget Summary of the application instructions to complete this section. NOTE: “JLMC Funds” on the Budget Summary refers to the amount being requested from the Individual Development Awards Program.

Notification of Awards

Applicants will be notified of award decisions in February 2017.