UUP Individual Development Award Applications Now Being Accepted

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Republished October 11, 2022


The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) and United University Professions (UUP) announced the allocation of funds for Individual Development Awards (IDA) for activity between July 2, 2022 and March 31, 2023

About Individual Development Awards

This program is intended to assist eligible employees in the UUP bargaining unit in developing their full professional potential and in preparing for advancement by funding professional development activities. The 2022-2023 Individual Development Awards Programs each provide a maximum individual award of up to $2,000. Employees may be funded for up to two projects or activities, not to exceed a total of $2000 for the period.

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 specified in the following SUNY Policies of Board of Trustees: Title A. Evaluation of Academic Employees, §4. Criteria (a)-(e); Title B. Promotion of Academic Employees, §2. Criteria (a)-(e); or Title C. Evaluation and Promotion of Professional Employees, §5. Criteria (a)-(e), of Article XII Evaluation and Promotion of Academic and Professional Employees, of the Policies of the Board of Trustees.

Application deadline is Friday, November 4, 2022

Employees may be funded for up to two projects or activities.

Eligibility Guidelines

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.
  • Curriculum or instructional material development.
  • Workshop, seminar, internship, or coursework not covered by Contract Article 46, Program for Tuition Assistance 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 only be awarded for:

  • Registration fee(s) for conferences or workshops
  • Travel and related expenses (including lodging and meals) for conferences/training and documented research/creative activities. 
  • Tuition at the maximum allowable SUNY rate at the time of application

The General Program Information applies to all JLMC/UUP programs. Information that is useful for applicants includes the Expenditure Limitations section which shows the types of expenses that cannot be requested.

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.

Should an individual receive an award, it must be a direct payment to the award recipient and may no longer be processed through an Inter-Departmental Invoice (IDI).

Application Procedure

Submit signed applications in the form of a single PDF File:

  • Upload your application 
    • Buffalo Center Chapter Employees
    • By Friday, November 4, 2022
    • Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered
  • Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:
  • A new UB UUP IDA Committee webpage enables the committee to share updated information about the award process including FAQs.

Only complete applications will be considered.

The Award Application does not require a signature if submitted via your @buffalo.edu email address

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

  • Application form
  • A  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, please provide an explanation including timeframe estimations.
    • How this project or activity will further the employee’s professional development or otherwise assist in preparing for advancement.
  • A brochure, announcement or other relevant material describing the project or activity. If material is not yet available, please provide an explanation including estimated material availability.
  • 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.
    • If there will be a campus contribution or other sources of funding then applicant must explain  in the appropriate box(es) under 'Campus Contribution'  on the application or application may be rejected. 
IMPORTANT UB Specific Requirement

UB requires all IDA Applications to include a statement regarding the availability of campus contributions. If any other sources of funding are available, then this information needs to be added to the "Identify Other Sources" field on page 3 of the IDA application form. If no other funding is available, then please write that "no other funding is available" in the "Identify Other Sources" field on page 3 of the IDA application form.

Notification of Awards

Applicants are expected to be notified of award decisions in mid to late spring 2023 semester.