Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program

The Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program (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 three forms:

  • Small individual projects (<$5K)
  • Modest team projects (<$25K)
  • Development of new hybrid/flipped courses or the conversion of traditional classes to hybrid/flipped form (< $50K)

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 in the Commons. Alternate avenues of support for course development in these cases might be available (e.g. the UCOP Innovative Learning Technology Initiative).

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, particularly at the lower-division level. 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 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.

Applications are now open! (See instructions below)

AY 2019-20
Application deadline: April 2, 2019
Announcement of awards: end of May, 2019
Funds available: July 1, 2019
Progress report due: June 15, 2020

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 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.


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

Application Instructions

Due to campus single sign-on time limit restrictions, each session can last only 60 minutes. If you exceed this time, your responses may be lost. Therefore, we recommend that you answer the questions below in a separate document and then copy your responses to the application form.

When you are ready, use the CDIIP Application Form to enter your information.

  1. Project Title
  2. Project Overview and Development Timeline (<500 words)
  3. Itemized Budget Request
  4. Total Budget Amount Requested
  5. How will the project improve the quality of undergraduate education and/or increase interactions between faculty and students? (<500 words)
  6. How many students will the project impact, particularly at the lower division level? (<100 words)
  7. How will the project affect time-to-degree? (<100 words)
  8. How will the instructional improvement address the varied needs and perspectives of our diverse student population? (<250 words)
  9. What methods of assessment will be used to measure the student learning outcomes of the instructional improvement? How will you determine the impact of the implementation on student learning outcomes? (<250 words)
  10. Describe your plan for sustainability of this project beyond the duration of the plan (<250 words)
  11. Describe any collaboration with other departments, academic units and the Commons as it relates to this instructional improvement (<250 words)