The Elsevier Foundation has awarded UC Irvine $87,500 over a three-year span to develop an innovative pilot program to address the unique challenges faced by scholars with family responsibilities. The Professional Development Grants Program for Faculty Parents of Infants and Toddlers will be administered by the UCI ADVANCE Program. Funding will provide dependent care assistance to qualifying tenure track faculty in science, technology, engineering and math for travel to professional conferences and meetings. The Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars program supports initiatives that help scholars in science and technology balance childcare and family responsibilities during the early stages of their careers. “This nationally competitive award recognizes UCI’s ongoing commitment to gender equity and augments campus family-friendly resources for tenure-track faculty,” said history professor and ADVANCE Program director Douglas Haynes (pictured).