February 19, 2020


SUBJECT:    Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program (CDIIP)

I am pleased to announce the 2020-21 Course Development and
Instructional Improvement Program (CDIIP).

CDIIP provides funding to support faculty projects that enhance
undergraduate instruction and to encourage faculty experimenting with
new instructional technologies including the creation of digital
resources and the development of hybrid or flipped courses. Funding is
available in two forms:

Small Projects (<$7.5K)
Other Projects (<$50K)

The CDIIP Committee looks for projects that can improve the quality of
undergraduate education, impact many students, improve time-to-degree,
and increase interactions between faculty and students. We especially
encourage proposals that address the varied needs and perspectives of
our diverse student population.

Faculty members are encouraged to develop projects with comprehensive
strategies to improve undergraduate instruction in collaboration with
their departments or academic units and the Teaching + Learning Commons
( Faculty members are also encouraged to
consult with the Library for assistance in identifying topical ebooks,
media, open educational resources, digital scholarship tools, and other
information resources already available to faculty and students.

Proposals for funding are reviewed by the CDIIP Committee. The Executive
Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs makes final allocation decisions.

The CDIIP is not specifically aimed at supporting the development of
fully-online classes. However, faculty interested in developing online
classes are encouraged to discuss their interests with the Digital
Learning Hub ( Alternate avenues of
support for course development in these cases may be available (e.g. the
UCOP Innovative Learning Technology Initiative: or
through the EVC Office Educational Innovation initiative: Contact or for information).

Application Criteria:

Full-time senate faculty who are engaged in undergraduate education
are eligible to submit proposals.
Awards are made in the form of grants to cover expenses including
but not limited to faculty release time, faculty summer support, summer
undergraduate/graduate student support, support for Educational
Technology Services or other technical assistance, materials, or other
justifiable expenses.
Applications must include a plan for assessing student learning
outcomes and for sustaining the project efforts beyond the duration of
the grant.
A progress report for each CDIIP award is due on June 15 of the
following year.
A letter from the department chair and endorsement from the Commons
and/or Educational Technology Services are also required for many grants
applications (see website for details:

Applications for the CDIIP are due April 3, 2020 and can be found online

Awards will be announced at the end of May 2020. Funds will be available
beginning July 1, 2020.

Please contact John Moore, Dean of Undergraduate Education
(, for questions regarding the CDIIP.

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor