The State of New York/United University Professions Joint Labor-Management Committees have announced the allocation of funds for Individual Development Awards for July 2, 2021 through July 1, 2022. This program is intended to assist employees in the UUP bargaining unit to develop their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement by funding professional development activities.
The maximum amount that can be awarded for each employee under this program is $2,000. Employees may be funded for up to two projects or activities, not to exceed a total of $2,000 for the period of July 2, 2021 to July 1, 2022. Applications from those who have not been funded previously are encouraged. The total amount to be distributed at Buffalo State is $77,217 for this period.
PLEASE NOTE: Awards are intended to reimburse individual UUP represented employees for expenses they incurred. Accounts Payable and Travel Services cannot use the awards to reimburse campus departments for expenses charged to T-Card accounts.
In accordance with Program guidelines, 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 SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees Article XII - Evaluation and Promotion of Academic and Professional Employees:
The award period covers professional development activities commenced on or after July 2, 2021, and completed on or before July 1, 2022.
Full-time employees must be in the UUP bargaining unit at the time of the award and during the dates of the projects or activities. 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-weeks coverage for health benefits, and are eligible for health benefits during the summer, will also be eligible for funding for a project or activity that occurs during the summer, even if they are not on the payroll during the summer. Part-time employees who accrue annual leave will not be required to charge credits for any activities funded by Individual Development Awards.
The Individual Development Award Committee is required to dedicate a minimum of 15% of the funds allocated to part-time employees. If applications from part-time employees amount to less than 15% of the total funds, then the remainder from the set aside amount can be reallocated to awards for full-time employees.
Types of Projects or Activities
Projects or activities must fall within the following categories:
On the application, you will briefly describe the project or activity including:
NYS/UUP JLMC funds may not be used for the following:
The application must be electronically submitted (e-mailed) to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15, 2022. Please read the application instructions and fill out, print and sign the application; then submit the completed application along with any required attachments to email@example.com. If any information provided on the form is missing or does not fully describe the project or activity and expenses, funding will not be considered until it is provided. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Lydia Kawaler.
Please note that if you have or will receive any other sources of support for your project or activity, including expenses covered using a College T-Card, these should be noted on the application. Reimbursements can be made only to individual UUP represented employees. Accounts Payable and Travel Services cannot reimburse department accounts for expenses charged to T-Card accounts.
All funding requests must conform to the State Comptroller's Rules and Regulations and limitations contained therein. Specific questions about travel and other reimbursement information should be addressed to Accounts Payable and Travel Services, Cleveland Hall 414. Additional justification for specific items may be requested.
Notification of Awards
Applicants will be notified of award decisions by May 15, 2022, subject to change depending upon receipt of approval or denial of applications by the NYS/UUP JLMC.
Reimbursement of actual expenditures will be handled through Accounts Payable and Travel Services, Cleveland Hall 414, and must comply with the State Comptroller's Rules and Regulations and limitations contained therein. Questions regarding rates of reimbursement should be directed to the Office of Accounts Payable and Travel Services.
Award recipients must submit New York State vouchers and original receipts within 30 days of the completion of the project or activity, or within 30 days of award notification if the funded project or activity has already been completed. Award recipients who are unable to complete a project as planned must notify the Individual Development Award Committee as soon as possible. Failure to notify the committee may result in the applicant's ineligibility for future awards. Vouchers and receipts not submitted in a timely manner will result in forfeiture of entitlement to reimbursement.
All funds must be spent by July 1, 2022.
Individual Development Award Committee
Committee members are Lisa Marie Anselmi and Jude Jayatilleke representing UUP, and Charles Lyons and Lydia Kawaler representing management. The committee's role is to review applications and determine those that are recommended for funding and then forward the recommendations to the NYS/UUP JLMC for their final decision to approve or deny.
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