Individual Development Awards (IDA)

IDAs are designed to support a variety of professional development projects or activities, assisting eligible employees in developing their full professional potential and to prepare for advancement. Campus Professional Development Committees, comprised of chapter UUP members and management representatives, are formed to review applications and award funding. Funding is available to full- and part-time bargaining unit members.

The information below has been modified to be relevant to the University at Buffalo UUP IDA guidelines.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get reimbursed for the fees associated with Tuition?

Fees associated with tuition are not eligible reimbursable expenses.

Where do I submit my application?

For the 2022-2023 submission timeframe, applications should be submitted to a secure UBbox folder. See Application Procedure within .

Do I add actual costs for gas or do I submit for per diem mileage if I travel in my own car?

UB Travel Services would be the knowledge expert in this area. Please visit for more information on UBs travel policies.

How do I know you received my application submission?

After you upload your file and submit the upload form, you will be presented with a refreshed browser page stating: Success! Your file has been submitted.

Should I upload a breakdown of the costs also in a separate document or is the Budget Summary sufficient?

Information broken down within the Budget Summary section of the application is sufficient.

Is the award period really for 7/2/2022 – 3/31/2023? Why is it not a full year?

The current 2022-2023 Individual Development Award application period is a 9-month extension granted due to the current contract negotiations.