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UC ANR adds Matching Grants Program

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that UC ANR has added another funding mechanism to its 2017 funding opportunities/grants website: Matching Grants Program.

2017 funding opportunities/grants:

UC ANR Matching Grants Program

For grant opportunities that require matching funds, this program will provide cash resources for UC ANR academics to submit as matching funds in their proposals for external funding support of research, outreach or training efforts.  

Proposed projects must be within the scope of the UC ANR Strategic Vision. All UC ANR academics with PI status are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted at any time, as the opportunities present themselves. Proposals will be submitted to the Associate Vice President and reviewed by the UC ANR Strategic Initiative Leaders and two UC ANR Vice Provosts. Because we recognize that these are time-sensitive projects, the review process will take no more than one month.

Requests for matching funds will be no more than three pages in length and must include a link to the request for proposals, a justification indicating why it is appropriate for UC ANR to provide the cash match, description of the project (study design, educational framework/audience, training program, etc.) and detailed budget. Requests of up to a 1:1 cash match will be considered. No awards will be made until a contract between the grantor and UC ANR is executed. In addition to any reporting required by the grantor, all projects will require a final report with stated outcomes/impacts or anticipated outcomes/impacts. A final report to the grantor may be substituted if the final report contains outcome/impact information.

UC ANR will provide a limited pool of funds for this grant program on an annual basis. The pool of funding will be managed to ensure year-round availability for timely projects.

For questions about the Matching Grants Program, please contact  me at



Wendy Powers
Associate Vice President


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Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 8:51 AM
Tags: grants (6), Wendy Powers (6)

Nominate staff for ANR STAR awards

Nominations are being accepted for the ANR Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) program for the fiscal year 2016-17.

The STAR program is your opportunity to celebrate and reward the great contributions of ANR's people.

The program provides cash awards to eligible staff in recognition of outstanding achievement. Managers may nominate individuals and teams demonstrating exceptional performance, creativity, organizational abilities, work success and teamwork. 

ANR staff in PSS and MSP titles, as well as members of the Clerical Unit (CX), are eligible to be nominated for cash awards. Nomination forms and program guidelines are attached. To simplify the process, we've streamlined the nomination form.

Send your nominations to The deadline for submission is Friday, March 31. 

The purpose of the STAR program is to recognize and reward outstanding staff individual and team performance within Agriculture and Natural Resources. Recipients receive cash awards as well as recognition.

Under the STAR plan, managers can recognize, acknowledge and reward staff employees for exceptional performance or significant contributions related to and supportive of individual, departmental, divisional or organizational goals and objectives.

To nominate a colleague, read the STAR award guidelines and restrictions and download the nomination form.

STAR awards will be celebrated during an ANR recognition event at the Second Street building in Davis. 

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Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10:13 PM

Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension search extended

Dear Colleagues,

Following an interview process and review of the feedback collected from the search committee and seminar attendees as well as the application materials, I am requesting that the Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension search be extended so that we may solicit more candidates for consideration. Although we saw several strong applicants, we want to be certain that we have done our due diligence in finding the very best person for this critical job.

The Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension is a key position that provides oversight and coordination for the academic review process. In addition, the person in this position will provide leadership and vision for our network of county leaders and how we partner with counties, seeking to strengthen these partnerships going forward while providing support to UC ANR county leaders. Chris Greer will continue to fulfill the duties of the Vice Provost until June 30.  

I want to thank the search committee for the exceptional work they have done to date. I especially appreciate their continued willingness to search for that extraordinary leader who possesses the unique set of skills needed to build on UC ANR's current successes and direct our programs toward California's future needs.

The ideal candidate will be a leader who

  • understands the complexity of our county partnerships and the county-by-county needs across California;
  • can create, gain buy-in to and deploy a vision to support Cooperative Extension county leadership and facilitate their success;
  • appreciates the breadth in program areas within UC Cooperative Extension;
  • has extensive personnel experience with academic hiring and merit and promotion processes; and 
  • can quickly get up to speed, building on his or her past demonstrated expertise in Extension and academia.

The Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension position is an ongoing recruitment until the position is filled. Please talk with colleagues who fit this description and encourage them to apply for this important leadership role.



Wendy Powers
Associate Vice President

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Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10:16 AM
Tags: vice provost (4), Wendy Powers (6)

UC ANR introduces Market-based Adjustment Plan for staff salaries

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, attracting and retaining highly qualified employees is a top priority for UC ANR. To be more competitive among many diverse employment markets, we have developed a plan to address the competitiveness of our staff salaries. 

As part of UC ANR's overall compensation strategy, I have approved a four-year Market-based Adjustment Plan for non-represented staff to ensure salaries of existing staff are better aligned with the labor market. All non-represented staff are eligible to participate in this plan, regardless of their position's funding source. For some of you whose compensation has fallen behind market rates, the Division is making a significant effort to address this issue, as long as it is fiscally viable and prudent to do so.

Using UC Career Tracks, UC ANR Human Resources will be able to identify, review and address the salaries of non-represented staff members whose pay is not in the targeted competitive zone. This strategy will be implemented over four years, which will allow us to better manage the fiscal impact of the salary adjustments.

Eligible employees will be notified individually within the next few weeks. These market-based adjustments are separate and distinct from any merit program approved centrally by President Napolitano.

For more information, please read the FAQs at



Glenda Humiston
Vice President


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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:58 AM

UCCE offices affected by the Oroville Dam spillway situation

As you may have heard, nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated in the area around Oroville Dam due to the threat of flooding from a break in the spillway over the weekend.

I want you to know that I have been in communication with the county directors in the UC Cooperative Extension offices in Butte, Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties and they have confirmed that all staff members from those offices are accounted for and in a safe place.

Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center is on high ground and not affected, but some staff members and their families have been affected by the evacuations in the Marysville/Yuba City area. I'm told they have all checked in safe.

The three UCCE county offices are closed today due to evacuations or alerts in the immediate area: Butte County in Oroville, Sutter/Yuba County in Yuba City and Colusa County in Colusa.

The Butte office will also be closed on Tuesday, and re-opening depends on how the situation progresses.

I have let County Directors Cass Mutters, Janine Hasey and Luis Espino know that UC ANR is ready to help and support them and their staff during this crisis.

Chris Greer

Vice Provost
UC Cooperative Extension

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Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

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