Note: Old Gold Summer Fellowship reports do not need to be submitted via this online application. For reporting requirements, please see the appropriate collegiate policy: College of Liberal Arts and SciencesTippie College of BusinessCollege of Education

Online Report Instruction Summary:

  1. Log in at
  2. Fill out the report form, including the abstract and list of products and outcomes
  3. Attach required narrative report
  4. Save form as DRAFT while working; when done, click "Submit as Final" to submit the completed report to your DEO(s)

Faculty members are required to complete a post-award report the semester after they finish a professional developmental assignment (Professional Development Award or Faculty Fellowship). 


The report, which must be submitted online, consists of the report form and one attachment, a narrative report.

Start a Post-Award Report

To access the report form, log in to the Development Awards portal in the Faculty Admin Center. The view will default to your “Application and Award History” page, which will show all applications you have submitted. If multiple applications are listed, find the one for which you need to submit a report (they will be in descending chronological order). The listing should include an “Award Activity” grid in which there is a “Submit Report” button at the far right. Click that button to start your report.

Report Form and Required Attachment

I. Award Recipient Information: Review and complete directory / appointment information.

II. Project Information / Abstract

Your abstract will be reviewed by the Board of Regents as part of the university’s report on developmental assignments.  Please make sure your abstract meets the following requirements. 

Instructions for abstracts:

  • The abstract must be between 400 and 1,200 CHARACTERS maximum, including spaces. 
  • Use clear and concise language that can be understood easily by a layperson.
  • Write the abstract in third person and in active voice (e.g., Professor Smith completed research for her book on Shakespeare).
  • Summarize the outcomes of the award or fellowship.
  • Describe how the award has been or will be of benefit to teaching/students and the University of Iowa.
  • Describe how the award has been or will be of benefit to the state of Iowa or to society generally.
  • Career Development Awards: Please refer to the award as a “Professional Development Assignment” or “PDA.”  We are required to use this terminology in reporting to the Board of Regents.

III. Products and Outcomes

Please list all products and outcomes of your developmental award under the headings provided: Publications (specify under review or in press); Presentations/Performances/Exhibits; Grants Submitted (specify pending or funded); Course Materials (specify prepared or revised); Other Products or Results.  Be specific with titles, journals, dates, locations, etc. 

Narrative Report (maximum, 5 pages single-spaced)

Explain the project in terms that an educated reader from outside your field can understand. Specify:

  1. Description of activities. Describe your activities during the award period so that an educated layperson can understand what you did and appreciate its importance. Were you conducting research; locating archival materials; writing journal articles, a book, or a grant; reading current literature; composing music or painting? What was the topic of the research, article(s), book, grant, or reading? What was the special focus of the creative activity? If you traveled to locate sources, collaborated with colleagues, or present your work, please indicate where (e.g., which universities, libraries, conferences, galleries, etc.). If your travel was international, please indicate which countries.
  2. Impact on research/creative work. Describe the impact of the developmental activities on your research or creative work. For example, did you change the direction or focus of your work, extend your research domain, begin a new area of research or creative activity, learn a new technique, do preliminary work to obtain more or new funding?
  3. Impact on teaching. Specify the improvements in your teaching that will occur as a result of your award. For example, will there be new lecture notes, reorganization of a class or a new class, a textbook, new techniques, technology enhancement, a CD-ROM? Which courses will be affected by these improvements?
  4. Specific products. Describe books worked on or completed, papers under review or in press, a book prospectus, grant applications, exhibitions, invited talks, convention presentations, funded research, etc.

Sample Abstracts

Sample #1

The number of Americans with Alzheimer's and other dementias is rising rapidly.  Prof. XXX used her PDA to do research on the important legal and public policy issues related to the care of these individuals.  Her work has already resulted in an article accepted for publication and a successful externally funded grant application.  She also has a second article in progress.  Here at Iowa, her work has figured centrally in her teaching.  Much of her research was incorporated in the Elder Law Colloquium which she coordinated and taught at the College of Law.  In addition, it has been integrated into several other courses she teaches in health law and policy.  Her research provides elected officials and public administrators in Iowa and beyond with useful information as they struggle with policy design and implementation in the area of dementia.

Sample #2

Prof. YYY used this PDA to expand the scope of his research program in cochlear implants.  Cochlear implants are a prosthetic device that can restore limited hearing in deaf individuals.  While they have been very successful, an important limitation is the variation in performance among individuals.  Professor YYY’s research focused on identifying the underlying causes of that variability.  In particular, he developed new methods for analyzing physiological data that is recorded through the implant.  The results will potentially provide clinicians with information to better tailor the device to meet individual needs, helping recipients of implants in Iowa and elsewhere.  The work will also be incorporated into his courses on hearing impairment as well as his research teaching with graduate students in audiology who work with cochlear implants.

Sample #3

During his PDA, Prof. ZZZ completed the book manuscript entitled _________ and it is now under review by a major press.  The book explores representations of virtue in Russia and the U.S. from the 18th to the 20th centuries, exploring how heroic notions of virtue were transformed by the rise of commercial culture; in other words, what happened to courage when prudence became the dominant mode of masculine public behavior.  It examines why Russian thinkers resisted the idea that prudent actors such as businessmen might be considered heroic, especially by contrast to the American view of commerce as a drive belt for progress.  Prof. ZZZ has developed new instructional material from his research which will be used in both undergraduate and graduates courses.  More generally, the work assists scholars and interested citizens to understand the evolution of and interaction between notions of virtue and our increasingly commercial society.

Editorial Guidelines for Abstracts

Use clear and concise language that would be understood easily by a layperson.

Write the abstract in third person and in active voice (e.g., Professor Smith completed research for her book on Shakespeare).

Write as one continuous paragraph. 

Refer to Professional Development Award as a “PDA” (instead of CDA, Career Development Award, Professional Development Award, or Professional Development Assignment). We are required to use this terminology in reporting to the Board of Regents.

Use "Prof." instead of Professor or Dr.

Do not include first name (e.g. Prof. Smith, not Prof. Jane Smith)

Use "University of Iowa" or "UI." Lowercase university when used alone within a sentence (resulted in new material for university course).

Use "U.S." instead of United States.