2022 PIT-UN Network Challenge Submission Window Is Open
The Network Challenge is a grant program designed to seed and support initiatives that promote public interest in technology at the university level. The PIT University Network Challenge seeks to encourage new ideas, foster collaborations, and incentivize resource and information sharing among Network members. PIT-UN launched the Network Challenge in 2019. In 2021, our third year, 37 proposals from 28 institutions were awarded a total of $4,161,270 in grant funds.
New America & PIT-UN Are Excited to Announce Requests for Proposals for PIT-UN Network Members
“Limited submissions” are funding opportunities that restrict the number of applications from one institution. These funding opportunities must undergo an internal selection process (also known as an internal competition), which is coordinated by the institution. Please consult your institution before you develop any applications.
In this fourth year of the challenge, PIT-UN will accept the following types of proposals in response to its request for proposals (RFP):
- New projects that have not received prior funding from the PIT-UN Network Challenge (“new projects”).
- Projects that have received funding from the PIT-UN Network Challenge in 2019,* 2020, or 2021 and are applying for additional funding to continue or scale their work (“previously funded projects”).
There is a limit to the number of proposals an institution can submit:
- New 2022 PIT-UN Network members can submit a total of three proposals for new projects. Only one proposal can fall within Tranche 2: up to $180,000 ($90,001-$180,000) for direct and indirect costs.
- Current PIT-UN Network members can submit three proposals for new projects.
- Current PIT-UN Network members can also submit any number of proposals for additional funding to continue and/or scale a previously funded project that meets the eligibility requirements noted below.* Any number of these projects can fall within Tranche 2: up to $180,000 ($90,001-$180,000) for direct and indirect costs.
*Note: Proposals that received funding from the PIT-UN Network Challenge in 2019 and have received additional funding in both 2020 and 2021 are not eligible to apply for additional funding this year to continue and/or scale the project. Proposals that received funding from the PIT-UN Challenge in 2019 but only received one year of additional funding in either 2020 or 2021 may apply for additional funding this year to continue and/or scale their project.
Key Dates & Contact Information
Proposal Deadline: June 24, 2022
Grant Period: Jan. 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024
2022 New PIT-UN Members Network Challenge Grant Orientation Session.
Webinar: Creating a Strong PIT Project: What Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Looks Like in PIT.
Webinar: Building a Better PIT-UN Application
2022 New PIT-UN Members Network Challenge Grant Application Q&A Session.
Weeky Starting on May 5, 2022 PIT-UN Members Network Challenge Open Office Hours
Do You Have Questions?
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