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, 2020 through July 1, 2021. 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 award is $1,000. Applications from those who have not been funded previously are encouraged. The total amount to be distributed at Buffalo State is $54,560 for this period (July 2, 2020 through July 1, 2021).
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:
An employee may submit only one application for the above period.
The award period covers professional development activities commenced on or after July 2, 2020, and completed on or before July 1, 2021.
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 Projects or Activities
Projects or activities must fall within the following categories:
A description of the project or activity including:
Among the items for which NYS/UUP JLMC funds may not be used include, but are not limited to the following:
Types of Support
The types of support available include:
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.
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.
The application must be electronically submitted (e-mailed) to email@example.com by April 12, 2021. Please read the application instructions and fill out, print and sign the application; then submit the completed application along with any required attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Notification of Awards
Applicants will be notified of award decisions by May 12, 2021, 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, 2021.
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 the applications and determine those that are being recommended for funding and then forward to the NYS/UUP JLMC for their review and final decision.
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