All qualifying senate members (who are parents of a child age 5 years or younger at the time of application) are invited to apply for an ADVANCE Dependent Care Travel Award. These awards are designed to subsidize childcare costs associated with travel to a professional conference or research meeting; the awards may also be used for daycare costs incurred during an approved sabbatical leave that requires relocation.
As a number of studies have shown, balancing work and family remains a persistent challenge for the knowledge and technology workforce, especially at our nationís leading research universities. The cost of such dependent care has been shown to inhibit participation which may impair professional visibility as well as networking opportunities at a critical time for pre-tenure faculty.
The ADVANCE Dependent Care Travel Awards Program will complement existing "family friendly" resources in support of work-life balance while promoting the career success of men and women faculty. This program, now funded by the campus, was originally piloted by an Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Grant (2008-2011) to UCI. During the grant period the UCI ADVANCE Program funded 79 awards to enable faculty to attend professional conferences and research meetings.
Current call: Winter 2017, call open January 13, 2017 for travel dates March 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017.
Future call: Summer 2017, call open May 2017 for travel dates July 1, 2017 - October 31, 2017.