Funding Opportunities


Strategic Academic Program Development (SAPD)

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UC San Diego has launched the Strategic Academic Program Development (SAPD) Initiative in order to develop academic offerings that enhance the experience and outcomes of students, strengthen UC San Diego’s reputation in research and education, and grow institutional revenues to sustain investments in the education and research enterprise.

The SAPD call for proposals (RFP) is divided into three sub-calls, each focused on a segment of opportunity, and each with different academic and operational demands: (A) graduate offerings (credit and non-credit); (B) concurrent enrollment; and (C) summer programs (credit and non-credit). UC San Diego has successful offerings in all these categories, some of which are currently delivered through Extension, but we believe that there is scope for significant value creation in each. The SAPD suport team encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration and will work with the respective partners to align support and revenue sharing arrangements accordingly.

Contact the SAPD Support Team for more information.


The Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI)

The Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI) is designed to meet UC campus needs for high quality online courses.  The goal of this initiative is to enhance the educational experience and opportunities for UC students by helping them get access to high demand courses, satisfy degree requirements and graduate on time.

The ILTI encourages UC ladder-rank faculty, LSOEs and LPSOEs to submit proposals to develop fully online or hybrid courses. The Digital Learning team assists faculty in writing an ILTI proposal, designing and building an engaging, academically rich online course, and assessing the course.

If you are interested in developing an online/hybrid course, schedule a consultation meeting with our staff here. Keep in mind that it typically takes 6 weeks to write an ILTI proposal and 12-14 months to develop a fully online course.


The Course Development and Instructional Improvement Program (CDIIP)

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 including the creation of digital resources and the development of hybrid or flipped courses. The CDIIP is not aimed at supporting the development of fully-online classes.

Full-times senate faculty who are engaged in undergraduate education are eligible to submit proposals. The awarded funds can be used to cover faculty release time, faculty summer support, graduate student support, technology support and other justifiable expenses.

Contact the Digital Learning staff to discuss the CDIIP.