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VP announces 2015 competitive grants program RFP

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the request for proposals for ANR's 2015 competitive grants program is now released and can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Divisionwide_Programs/2015_ANR_Competitive_Grants_Program.

The purpose of this grants program is to address high-priority issues identified by at least one of the strategic initiatives: Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD), Healthy Families and Communities (HFC), Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), Sustainable Natural Ecosystems (SNE), and Water Quality, Quantity and Security (Water).

2015 competitive grants cycle:

Call released: January 22

Application submission cycle

  • Letter of Intent (LOI) due March 16
  • LOI decisions April 24
  • Full proposals due June 22

Technical peer review: late June – early September 2015

Strategic Initiative review and recommendations: September 2015

Program Council review and recommendations: October/November 2015

Announcement of funded grants:November/December 2015

Through the 2015 grant cycle, ANR will continue to invest in short-term, high-impact research, education and outreach projects that address priority issues consistent with the Strategic Vision; encourage collaboration among academics; strengthen the research-extension network; and demonstrate relevance and likelihood of impact on significant agricultural, economic, environmental, and social issues in California.

During the previous three competitive grant cycles, 52 projects have been approved for funding for a total investment of close to $12 million. These projects have yielded significant deliverables and outcomes. Examples are highlighted in the recent assessment summary at http://ucanr.edu/grants_assessment_summary. I continue to be excited by the high level of engagement across the ANR network, including many students, and with many of our external partners. The assessment summary also includes specific information about how the program is reaching collaboration goals.

While the funds available for the competitive grants program will depend on a number of factors, we anticipate funding to be roughly the same as in past cycles. We are committed to providing as much support as feasible to address high-priority issues.

Taking into consideration the findings from the 2014 grants program formative assessment, we have made a few small changes to this year's call. Most notably, grant applicants will now be asked to identify the specific priority issue area their proposals address. The priority issue areas are highlighted in the RFP and include links to the Strategic Initiative plans for further information. In this way, we will be better able to track and communicate efforts and impact.

Sincerely,

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

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Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 9:36 AM

ANR not participating in Phased Retirement Program

You may have seen an announcement from UCOP regarding the implementation of the UC Phased Retirement Program for January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2019. The intent of the Phased Retirement Program is to help eligible employees who are 55 years or older transition into retirement and allow for longer-term planning for employees, their families and the unit they work in.

ANR has decided that it will not offer the program in 2015 to avoid adding to the workload of our already thin workforce. One of the primary guidelines in the program prohibits the department from adding capacity to offset a participating employee's reduction in time.

Linda Marie Manton, Executive Director
Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

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Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM

ANR Competitive Grants Program Assessment Summary now available, 2015 RFP to be released week of Jan. 19

During 2014, the Division did not release a call for ANR's internal competitive grants program in order to conduct a formative assessment to determine if the program's intended results are being reached or if the trajectory is on target to reach them. ANR's Office of Program Planning and Evaluation (OPPE) was charged to measure progress toward addressing the grants program goals and to document the extent to which it is operating as planned.

A summary of the competitive grants program assessment can be found at http://ucanr.edu/grants_assessment_summary.

The ANR competitive grants program is on track to reach its goals: to support high-priority issues that are consistent with the Strategic Vision; encourage collaboration among academics; strengthen the research-extension network; support short-term, high-impact projects; and contribute policy-relevant outcomes that address significant agricultural, economic, environmental and social issues in California. 

As a result of the 2014 assessment, there are a few small changes to the 2015 call, proposal application and reporting template. The assessment brought to light that there is lot of great work being done to inform policymaking (at many levels) as well as decision-making more broadly. Thus, the language for the previous program goal to contribute policy-relevant outcomes has been rewritten: “to support projects that demonstrate relevance and likelihood of impact on significant agricultural, economic, environmental and social issues in California,” better reflecting the actual proposal criteria. Although there is significant policy-relevant information being developed through the program, there is not much being specifically packaged as a ‘policy brief.' Thus, we have removed ‘policy brief' from the criteria and reporting template so as not to misguide expectations.

In addition, we want to be able to track and communicate efforts and impact based on the Strategic Initiative priority issue areas; therefore, grant applicants will now be asked to identify specifically which issue areas their proposals address.

The 2015 request for proposals will be released next week. We are looking forward to another innovative and productive grants cycle for 2015.

Bill Frost, Associate Vice President

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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Let your voice be heard

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Dear Colleagues,

Two years ago you were asked to participate in a statewide survey regarding your work environment. Survey results have been tabulated and reviewed. While the Work Environment Assessment Committee was discussing survey results, we realized that ANR has no formal or consistent mechanism to get feedback from staff. an ANR Staff Assembly would provide that mechanism.

A staff assembly would promote effective communication between staff employees and the ANR administration. An ANR Staff Assembly would provide forums where staff at all levels can discuss UC ANR and University issues of mutual concern, and offer opinions and recommendations to the administration on policies, processes and programs.

For more information, click on the links below. Let us know if you are interested in being involved in the ANR Staff Assembly by filling out a 1-minute survey by January 26. If you have questions, please contact Jodi Azulai at jlazulai@ucanr.edu

What is a staff assembly?

Who has staff assemblies in UC?

How would an ANR staff assembly benefit ANR staff?

What are the main functions of an ANR Staff Assembly?

Who would establish the ANR Staff Assembly?

How would staff volunteers establish the ANR Staff Assembly?

Who can be a member of the ANR Staff Assembly?

What personal benefits would I gain by being a member of the ANR staff assembly?

How do I get involved?

For the full ANR Staff Assembly webpage, click here.

Sincerely,

Your Work Environment Assessment Committee

 

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Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Work Environment Assessment workshops set for spring

Last month Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz wrote to you about ANR's follow-up plans for the Work Environment Assessment. Six workshops have been scheduled around the state. Please plan to attend the one in your region and mark it on your calendar. Prior to each event, invitations, a registration survey and more information will be sent.

Please remember that California is a very large state, and in scheduling workshops, some people are going to have to travel farther than others. We also understand that not everyone will be able to attend, and we will plan to share information with everyone later in the spring.  The regional groupings, the location of the workshop, and the date are listed below. See the map on the website at http://ucanr.edu/sites/wesurvey  to identify which counties, RECs, campuses and administrative units are in each grouping:

  • South, San Diego – Monday, March 2
  • Central Valley, Kearney REC – Monday, March 9
  • Sacramento Valley, Davis – Wednesday, April 1
  • North, Redding – Wednesday, April 15
  • Administrative Units, Davis – Wednesday, May 20
  • Coast, San Luis Obispo – Wednesday, May 27

Please plan to attend – a positive and welcoming work environment is important to all of us.

Work Environment Committee

 

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Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 3:48 PM

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