IFAS FACULTY PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT PLAN
Effective; December 2016
In alignment with the university’s strategic goal of continuing its dedication to research, extension and
teaching, IFAS has established the IFAS Faculty Program Enhancement Plan (FPEP). Under this plan, IFAS
faculty members are encouraged to recover their salary plus fringe benefits from grants and contracts or
similar non-state funds excluding UF Foundation/SHARE funds. This will be proportionate with their
percent effort on those grants or contracts unless prohibited by granting agency policy. The plan
provides a financial incentive that may be used to provide support for their faculty program and unit.
1) Eligibility for the IFAS Faculty Program Enhancement Plan
a) All state-funded faculty members are eligible to apply to participate in the FPEP. The FPEP only
applies to that portion of salaries paid normally from State of Florida general revenues and for
faculty approved by the Deans to participate in the FPEP.
b) A supplemental fund allocation for the faculty program is awarded under the FPEP only to those
faculty members receiving an evaluation of “commendable” or better on all assigned duty
categories (Teaching, Research, Extension) during the academic year in which the enhancement
funds are earned.
c) To be eligible to receive the enhancement funds, a faculty member must be employed by IFAS at
the time the funds are allocated. If a faculty member leaves UF, no distribution will be made for
that fiscal year regardless of the amount of salary plus fringe benefits savings for that faculty
member during the fiscal year.
d) Faculty members who enter the program are expected to maintain or enhance their historic
performance. For example, the number of graduate students supported and mentored,
extension educational programs conducted, and number and quality of courses taught should
be maintained or enhanced.
e) FPEP applications are only accepted for a single year. If the award is multi-year, the PI must
reapply for the FPEP covering the new year. Distribution to the grant projects can only take
place after full approval and can only be effective during the current and future dates.
2) Allocation of Enhancement Funds
a) Faculty will receive an annual distribution consisting of a proportion of all salary plus fringe
benefits that they recover from grants and contracts.
b) A distribution of less than $100 will not be paid nor carried forward.
c) Distribution is made once each year on or about October 1 following the end of the fiscal year in
which the enhancement funds are earned.
3) Implementation of the IFAS Faculty Program Enhancement Plan
a) Beginning January 1, 2017, until amended by the SVP and Deans, salary plus fringe benefits
savings shall be distributed as follows:
i) An allocation of 100% of the amount of salary plus fringe benefits savings that are recovered
shall be made available for distribution.
ii) Distribution of the payment may be determined by the faculty member under the following
Up to 75% of the savings may be used for the faculty member’s program.
A minimum of 25% will be allocated to the unit leader to support the unit’s programs.
b) The salary plus fringe benefits savings funds allocated to the units may be used as per policy set
separately by each unit. However, each unit is expected to maintain graduate student
enrollment. This may be accomplished by providing salary plus fringe benefits savings funds for
graduate stipends; by more aggressively seeking support for graduate students on research and
training grants or other sources of extramural support; and by enrollment of more fully or
partially self-supporting graduate students.
c) In the event the faculty member cannot meet the expectations of the contract due to decreased
or cessation of grant funding, no savings will be allocated.
a) Departments must expend the returned funds in the fiscal year in which they are returned.
b) The maximum amount for an FPEP is 25% of the faculty member’s total salary paid from state
revenue. This does not limit the faculty effort or distribution, only the allocation.
c) All program enhancement distributions are subject to the approval of the SVP and Deans.
d) Retroactive distributions will not be approved.
e) After the form has been completed and reviewed by the unit leader, please forward to IFAS