Temporary Research Enhancement Support (T-RES) at UCI – EMERGENCY CHILDCARE FUNDING

The funding call for this temporary and emergency pilot is now closed and no longer accepting applications.

Eligibility for the UCI Temporary Research Enhancement Support (T-RES) was open for fall 2021 cycle to UCI Senate faculty who are parents of children enrolled in grades 6 or under. The awards aimed to support the career development of UCI faculty, and provided funds that are taxable and reimbursed up to $1,000 for childcare expenses provided at home or by licensed providers observing federal/state/county/UCI health guidelines. Only childcare for pre-approved research productivity activities presented as part of applications due to COVID-19-impacted childcare needs were eligible for reimbursement.

UCI Senate faculty members in two-parent households each were able to apply for awards as long as productivity activities warrant this consideration.

Please also see these additional childcare resources at:

T-RES funding is unable to supplant or add to any of the above benefits if the above benefits were used.

ALSO NOTE: Non-dependent care support opportunities for assistant and associate-rank Academic Senate faculty members may be requested through the Interim COVID-19 Research Recovery Program with deadlines of September 20, 2021 and January 14, 2022

As a number of studies have shown, balancing work and family remains a persistent challenge for the knowledge and technology workforce, especially at our nation’s 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. Additionally, evidence is emerging to suggest that the current COVID-19 circumstances strain the abilities of working families to afford and coordinate dependent care consistent with CDC and UCI guidance, particularly for parents of children in early primary grades.

In lieu of opening a call for the ADVANCE Dependent Care Travel Awards Program for the term cycles of summer 2020-fall 2021, the Office of Inclusive Excellence aimed to support through this temporary “family friendly” resource, subject to specified changes and requirements.

PERIOD COVERED:

UCI T-RES was open to support childcare costs as described during specific fall periods, subject to UCI COVID-19 guidance. This temporary program is now and was subject to changes or suspension at any time based based on federal, state, county, and/or UCI mandates. Due to limited funds, awards were prioritized for faculty at senate assistant professor or assistant professor of teaching (PSOE) who had not previously received T-RES awards.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY (term specific additional requirements and changes may apply):

  • Applicant is an active Senate faculty member (e.g., assistant professor/associate professor/professor or equivalent; lecturer or sr. lecturer w/SOE; lecturer or sr. lecturer w/PSOE, etc.)
  • Applicant has child(ren) enrolled in grade 6 or under and earlier years by the application deadline (updated 2/16/21)
  • Applicant must submit online application with required documents by deadlines

T-RES FUNDS WILL NOT REIMBURSE:

  • Expenses for in-person childcare provided by any family members (parents, grandparents, siblings) for the care of qualifying child(ren)
  • Expenses for in-person childcare associated with teaching or course preparation activities (updated Sept. 11, 2020)
  • Any in-person childcare expenses without proper documentation of billing and payment
  • Any in-person childcare expenses associated with activities not represented on approved Productivity Activity Budgets to support COVID-19 research productivity
  • NO CHANGES, EDITS, OR ADDITIONS to the Productivity Activity Budgets allowed without prior written OIE approval, and awardees will only be reimbursed for approved childcare expenses up to $1,000
  • T-RES funding cannot supplant or add to concurrent benefits used for the same dates under the referenced “Additional Resources”

NOTIFICATIONS:

Award notifications provided to applicants included specified terms and notification that reimbursed funds were taxable.

Additional Resources

Please check funding Office of Inclusive Excellence funding opportunity updates at: https://inclusion.uci.edu/advance/funding-programs

Please also see these additional childcare resources:

Applicable grace period extensions for Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account funds

COVID related Emergency Paid Sick Leave, applicable for children whose schools/places of care are closed or child care provider unavailable because of COVID-19 circumstances; currently due to expire 9/30/21

Flexible work arrangements

University of California Family Care Resources at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/other-benefits/family-care-resources.html

UCI Child Care Services at: https://childcare.uci.edu/

UCI Coronavirus Hub at: https://uci.edu/coronavirus/

UCI COVID-19 Resources for Academics at: https://ap.uci.edu/covid19/

UCI Families Emergency Back-Up Care at: https://families.uci.edu/backupcare/

UCI HR Information for Staff Regarding Coronavirus at: https://hr.uci.edu/disaster-relief/corona-virus.php

 

ALSO NOTE: Non-dependent care support opportunities for assistant and associate-rank Academic Senate faculty members may be requested through the Interim COVID-19 Research Recovery Program with deadlines of September 20, 2021 and January 14, 2022

T-RES Use Report

Awardees are required to submit a T-RES Use Report online to the Office of Inclusive Excellence for childcare expense reimbursement no later than 30 days after associated productivity activities are completed. A copy of the submitted T-RES Use Report will be provided automatically to the email of the submission when submitted online at: https://uciadvance.wufoo.com/forms/r1c9rk5s1tia63g/.

Award Recipients

Summer 2021 Recipients
Name School Department
Benis Egoh School of Physical Sciences Earth System Science
Michael Hyland The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering
Jade Jenkins School of Education Education
Evgeny Kvon School of Biological Sciences Developmental and Cell Biology
Brittany Morey Program in Public Health Health, Society & Behavior
James Nisbet School of Humanities Art History
Daniel Parker Program in Public Health Population Health and Disease Prevention
Emily Penner School of Education Education
Emily Taylor Poppe School of Law Law
Jessica Shiu School of Medicine Dermatology
Irene Vega School of Social Sciences Sociology
Adriana Villavicencio School of Education Education
Winter 2021 Recipients
Name School Department
Lee Cabatingan School of Social Ecology Criminology, Law & Society
Benis Egoh School of Physical Sciences Earth System Science
Salma Elmalaki The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Laura Enriquez  School of Social Sciences Chicano/Latino Studies
Amanda Holton  School of Physical Sciences Chemistry
Luis Jauregui School of Physical Sciences Physics and Astronomy
Jade Jenkins School of Education Education
Christine King The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Biomedical Engineering
Anne Lemnitzer  The Henry Samueli School of Engineering Civil & Environmental Engineering
James Nisbet School of Humanities Art History
Daniel Parker Program in Public Health Public Health
Vibhuti Ramachandran School of Social Sciences Global & International Studies
Katherine Thompson-Peer School of Biological Sciences Developmental and Cell Biology
Joel Veenstra Claire Trevor School of the Arts Drama
Adriana Villavicencio School of Education Education
Fall 2020 Recipients
Name School Department
Tim Bruckner Program in Public Health Health, Society and Behavior
Anita Casavantes Bradford School of Social Sciences Chicano Latino Studies
Sohail Daulatzai School of Humanities Film and Media Studies
Rachel Goldberg School of Social Sciences Sociology
Reginald McNulty School of Biological Sciences Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Vincent Olivieri The Claire Trevor School of the Arts Drama
Katherine Thompson Peer School of Biological Sciences Developmental & Cell Biology
William Tomlinson The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences Informatics
Summer 2020 Recipients
Name School Department
Stacy Branham The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences Informatics
Lee Cabatingan School of Social Ecology Criminology, Law & Society
Sohail Daulatzai School of Humanities Film and Media Studies
Benis Egoh School of Physical Sciences Earth System Science
Sara Mednick School of Social Science Cognitive Sciences
Sarah Pressman School of Social Ecology Psychological Science
Vibhuti Ramachandran School of Social Sciences Global and International Studies
Sameer Singh The Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences Computer Science
Zeba Wunderlich School of Biological Sciences Developmental and Cell Biology