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Center for Faculty Development & Advancement Grants


Young Upwardly Mobile Professor Grant (Y.U.M.P.s)

Y​UMPS provides support to tenure-track assistant professors at the University of Colorado Denver (Denver Campus) as they advance toward tenure. Funded activities can include: attending professional conferences or a professional development training/workshop, hiring a research assistant, or purchasing books, software, or specialized equipment. 

  • Eligibility: Tenure-track assistant professors (Denver Campus) 
  • Matching: Matching funds are NOT required for 2020-2021 academic year.
  • ​Departmental Support: The applicant’s chair or dean must submit a brief statement of support. Attach to your application.

Deadlines for 2020-2021 YUMPS Grant Applications:

  • Fall Deadline: September 18, 2020 - closed
  • Spring Deadline: January 29, 2021 
  • Late Spring Deadline (if remaining funds are available): April 10, 2021 

Notes: Funds must be expended within the fiscal year in which you have been awarded as no funds will rollover. Funding Limit: One award per year, with a maximum value of $500. ​

Changes to YUMPS Grant Requirements during the Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, university-funded travel and in-person conference attendance are not approved for the fall semester. For the spring and upcoming year, the university will continue to assess whether or not university travel or in-person attendance at conferences will be supported in context to the evolving pandemic. 

Given the possibility that university-supported travel and in-person conference attendance may not be approved for the upcoming spring semester, the CFDA is currently accepting applications that do not require travel or in-person conference attendance.   

Requests for virtual (online) conference attendance, will be considered.


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