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New Research Associates / Senior Research Associates Professional Development Conference Fund

Date: September 14, 2016
To: Research Associates & Senior Research Associates
From: Rosie Parnass, Executive Director, Organizational & Leadership Development & Work-Life Support, Division of HR & Equity
CC: HR Divisional Offices
Re: New Research Associates / Senior Research Associates Professional Development Conference Fund

We are pleased to announce a new Professional Development Conference Fund that has been created solely for the Research Associates / Senior Research Associates (RA / SRA) employee group. This new fund is being introduced as a result of consultations with, and feedback from, the RA / SRA Advisory Committee.

All Research Associates and Senior Research Associates will, as of September 1, 2016, have access to up to $1,000 in a fiscal year to attend conferences. Unlike the current professional development fund, RA / SRAs will now be able to claim 100% of their conference registration fee and related travel and accommodation expenses. All such expenses must be eligible under the University of Toronto Guidelines for Travel & Other Reimbursable Expenses.

Interested RA / SRAs should apply as early as possible so that funds will be committed regardless of when the conference occurs within the given fiscal year. Supervisory approval to attend the conference should be obtained, and departments will be reimbursed for expenses after the employee has attended the conference and submits the required documents to the Organizational Development & Learning Centre (ODLC).

The RA / SRA Conference Fund Application Form can be found under the Education & Professional Development section of the HR & Equity Forms page.

Any inquiries should be directed to Chris Berriault at chris.berriault@utoronto.ca or by calling 416.978.6496.