Universal Provider Award

Award Overview & Theme

The Office of the Provost is accepting applications for professional development funds from Universal Providers per Article 24.6.3 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Up to $225,000 will be available during the 2020 fiscal year.

Faculty development consists of activities and opportunities designed to improve the quality of faculty members’ engagement in teaching, research, service, and leadership. The Collective Bargaining Agreement states, “As part of its comprehensive faculty development approach, the University shall provide faculty development programs through all-university access programming organized by Universal Providers. 


Universal Providers are university-established initiatives, centers, or agencies including, but not limited to, Instructional Research and Computing, the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning, the UC Libraries, or agencies and centers at branch campuses.” Academic units, departments, or divisions are not considered Universal Providers.

Application Materials & Submission Process

Proposals are due by Friday, September 20, 2019, and must include the following information as a single Word or PDF file:

  • A narrative that provides a brief background statement, a summary of the proposed activity, an overview of the beneficiaries, and an explanation of the anticipated outcomes of the activity including the potential impact for the beneficiaries (1800 word maximum);
  • A 1 – 2-page timeline for completing the project; and
  • A 1 – 2-page budget outline with justifications (please note that Universal Provider funds are limited to utilization for the proposed project and cannot be used for the regular fiscal year operating budget). 

Review Process

Administrators in the Office of the Provost will review applications and select recipients. Please send inquiries and proposals to, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Special Initiatives. Final reports detailing the outcomes of the initiative and the expenditure of funds are due to Keisha Love by August 1, 2020.