Professional Development Funds

July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 (FY2021)

This policy is applicable to Fiscal Year 2021 only. The amounts and/or policy may change for future fiscal years.

For Fiscal Year 2021, one program is available:

Professional Development Funds

Eligibility: For Tenured/Tenure Track, Non-Tenure Track, Research Faculty, and Clinical Faculty

  • Up to $1,000 will be reimbursed for:
    1. Travel and expenses associated with presenting at or attending a professional conference (in-person or virtual).
    2. (New for FY2021) Research support expenses. This includes consulting, student support, software, and research supplies for yourself or for another researcher in your area. Funds cannot be spent on faculty and staff salary support.

Please note that item (2) is an expansion of how Professional Development funds have been used in the past.

These funds must be used during Fiscal Year 2021 and are not transferable to a future period. The funds are meant to 1) support participation in national level meetings or workshops that enhance the skills of the Faculty, and 2) further stimulate your research and training activity by providing discretionary funding to support activities or purchases related to your work.

Please submit your receipts to Rachel Blake. As the year progresses, please get in touch with Rachel before finalizing your plans to make sure you still have funding available under this program.

All travel or expenses must be incurred during Fiscal Year 2021 (7/1/2020 – 6/30/2021). All expenses must be allowable per University and MSASS policies, and be submitted for reimbursement within 45 days of your travel return date or, if non-travel, of the expense itself. If your travel return date or expense date approaches June 30, 2021, please be in touch with Rachel Blake in advance. Please be aware that a reimbursement submitted in July of 2021 will count against FY2022 funds (not FY2021). If that happens, you will not have access to your FY2021 allotment (or balance thereof).

Please contact Craig Zullig with any questions.