CPH Scientific Staff Advancement Award


This award, funded by the College of Public Health Research Office, aims to support the professional advancement of College of Public Health Professional and Scientific Staff, recognizing the critical role that scientific staff play in the collegiate research enterprise and the need for resources to support professional growth. Because staff have diverse roles and needs, this award is flexible and intended to support self-defined activities that advance professional growth among our staff.  The funds are not intended to cover salary, but salary support will be considered if it is well justified.  We cannot fund certificates separate from training, please reach out to our office if your proposal involves certification costs.  The funds can be requested by an individual staff member or a group of staff.

The focus is on research staff development, and priority will be given to activities that also provide some benefit to the staff member’s unit and existing scope of work without supplanting work already being conducted. Applications should clearly indicate how the proposed activity will advance leadership and professional development for the awardee(s).  Awardees may be required to submit a brief wrap-up report to describe their activities, experience, and impact of the award.

Examples of potential activities that can be funded include but are not limited to:

  • Research projects or activities that the applicant leads
  • Professional development activities and/or training
  • Travel for professional development
  • Inviting speakers or collaborators to campus
  • Community/partner engagement events
  • Registration in a course


  • Who is eligible: Regular professional and scientific staff appointed in CPH who conduct or support research. Must be appointed to CPH at least 50 percent.
  • Timeframe: 1 year from award date.
  • Award amount: Up to $1,000. Please email our office about cost sharing if the budget is above $1,000.
  • Number of awards: as many as funds allow, this page will be updated if the funding limit is reached
  • Proposals due: Applications received by the first Monday of each month will be reviewed on or about the first Monday of the subsequent month. Contact Ericka Klingner (ericka-klingner@uiowa.edu) if you need a shorter review period.

Review process

Proposals will be reviewed by a collegiate committee. The review criteria, which will be assessed on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 5 (strongly agree), are:

  1. The professional development activity is clearly described.
  2. The activity has strong potential to increase leadership and/or professional skills.
  3. The activity aligns well with the unit of employment and the collegiate mission.
  4. The activity is feasible in the time and budget proposed.
Scientific Staff Advancement Award

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