IRC Faculty Professional Development Grant (IRC-PDG)

The CFDA's Professional Development Grant for IRC Faculty provides professional development support to all Instructional, Research and Clinical Teaching Track Faculty (formally referred as non-tenure-track) at the University of Colorado Denver (Denver Campus). This includes Lecturers, Instructors, Senior Instructors, and Clinical Teaching Track Faculty.

The IRC-PDG is funded by the Office of the Provost and administered by the CFDA in collaboration with UCDALI. The total amount of available funding per academic year is $20,000 without considering department matches. Half of this amount is earmarked for lecturers. The other half is allocated to Instructors, Senior Instructors and CTT Faculty. A detailed description of the grants may be viewed here: IRC PD Funds Description and Funding AY 23-24

Faculty Applicants: IRC faculty may apply for professional development funds of up to $1,000 for activities or materials that support any aspect of the duties outlined in their current contract or letter of offer. Individual applicants may receive funding only once per academic year. Funded activities and materials might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conference participation (such as presenting a paper/poster, moderating a session, etc.)
  • Attending/participating in professional development trainings, workshops, certification programs, etc.
  • Purchasing books, software, or specialized equipment for teaching and/or (if applicable) research purposes

Doctoral Student Applicants: Doctoral students who are teaching classes may apply for this grant. However, funding must be directed at activities that enhance pedagogical practices in the classroom. Grants for the professional development of students are made available by the Office of Graduate Education.

Administrative Applicants: Administrators may apply for IRC professional development funds of up to $1,000 for activities or materials that support the development and advancement of IRC faculty in their unit, school or college. Administrative applicants may receive funding only once per academic year, and MUST provide matching funds from their unit, school or college. Documentation for matching funds from schools/departments must accompany this application. Please submit this IRC-PDG Application Matching Funds Confirmation with your application.

Funded activities might include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supporting IRC faculty participation in pedagogy-focused conferences or workshops (ex: American Education Research Conference; The Thinking Professor)
  • Preparing unit specific orientation material for IRC faculty
  • Organizing an event to recognize and celebrate IRC faculty’s contributions

Please reach out to with questions regarding eligibility or funded activities.

Fall 2023 Deadlines: 

Application DeadlineNotificationFund Distribution
September 30, 2023October 31, 2023November 7, 2023
November 27, 2023December 31, 2023January 15, 2024

Application Process:

Applications for CFDA IRC PD Funds must include the following:

  • An application through Formstack
  • A statement (500 words max) detailing how funds will be used, how the funded activity aligns with the applicant’s official responsibilities (as outlined in contract/letter of offer) OR supports IRC faculty in the applicant’s unit (for administrative applicants), and the anticipated outcomes/impact for the applicant/IRC faculty and CU Denver community
  • A budget itemizing total costs for the activity/material(s)
  • For faculty applicants: A letter of support from the applicant’s chair/primary unit head (or other primary supervisor). Applicants are encouraged to use the CFDA’s letter of support template. Available here:  IRC-PDG Application Letter of Support
  • For administrative applicants: Confirmation from the unit, school or college of the availability of matching funds.

Outcomes and Reporting

Recipients must submit a report (max 300 words) to the CFDA within one month of the conclusion of their funded project (no later than June 30th) describing the use of funds, the outcomes achieved, and a final itemized budget.


  • Funds must be expended within the fiscal year in which you have been awarded. Funds will not roll over.
  • For AY24, grant funds must be spent by May 1, 2024. 
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