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 encourage faculty experimenting with new instructional technologies (e.g., the creation of digital resources and the development of hybrid or flipped courses). Funding is available in the following forms:

  • Small Projects (<$7.5K)
    • Oftentimes these projects primarily include equipment and undergraduate/graduate student costs
  • Other Projects (<$50K)
    • Faculty should meet with the Teaching + Learning Commons to discuss proposal.
    • Faculty should meet with Educational Technology Services if budget includes a technology component.
    • Include a letter of recommendation/endorsement from the department chair that includes:
      • Plan for sustainability
      • Budget justification (must include details for summer salary, undergraduate/graduate student support, equipment, maintenance, etc.)
      • Description of how the proposal supports the departmental mission
      • Explanation of how work related to proposal exceeds normal expectations for faculty course development
  • Examples of Previously Approved CDIIP Projects

The CDIIP is not specifically aimed at supporting the development of fully-online classes. However, faculty interested in developing online classes are highly 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 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 the student population. 

Faculty members are encouraged to develop projects with comprehensive strategies to improve undergraduate instruction in collaboration with their 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 are reviewed by the CDIIP Committee. The Executive Vice Chancellor makes final allocation decisions.


AY 2020-21

Application deadline: April 24, 2020
Announcement of awards: Early June , 2020
Funds available: After July 1, 2020
Progress report due: June 15, 2021


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 above).



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. Please add your itemized budget. If your budget includes an Educational Technology Services (ETS) technology component, please add documentation and justification from your meeting with ETS. If your budget includes summer salary, or undergraduate/graduate student support, or salary for another position, please add detailed documentation and confirmation on salary, and include your MSO or Academic Personnel Officer/Financial Officer information (name and email).
  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 (lower vs. upper division)? (<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 your student population? Specifically, discuss the student population and pedagogical challenge your project addresses. (<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. If relevant, describe any pedagogical research you plan to conduct related to the project. (<250 words)
  11. Describe any collaboration with other departments, academic units and the Commons as it relates to this instructional improvement (<250 words)
  12. Please add your recommendation/endorsement letter from the department chair.