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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. 

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New America & PIT-UN Are Excited to Announce Requests for Proposals for PIT-UN Network Members

Limited Submissions

“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): 

  1. New projects that have not received prior funding from the PIT-UN Network Challenge (“new projects”). 
  2. 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

 

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April 4, 2022 @ 12 p.m. noon EDT
2022 New PIT-UN Members Network Challenge Grant Orientation Session.
This was a closed session for new PIT-UN Members to orient them to the RFP and limited submission process. Calendar invites were sent out to New Member Designees and their Challenge Grant Representatives
April 4, 2022 @ 12 p.m. noon EDT
April 25, 2022 @ 2:30 p.m. EDT
Webinar: Creating a Strong PIT Project: What Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Looks Like in PIT.
Public interest technology refers to the study and application of technology expertise to advance the public interest/generate public benefits/promote the public good. All successful PIT projects also have a strong diversity, equity, and inclusion lens applied to the work. This hour-long session will explore how to design a PIT project that addresses DEI in a meaningful way; the session will provide attendees with examples of PIT projects that center communities, and describe specific activities and actions that strong PIT projects incorporate to bring a strong DEI lens to the work.
April 25, 2022 @ 2:30 p.m. EDT
April 28, 2022 @ 2:30 p.m. EDT
Webinar: Building a Better PIT-UN Application
In this hour-long session, we will review the objectives of the PIT-UN Challenge as well of the components of the RFP. Attendees will be provided with detailed explanations of elements of the application, as well as context for what is required to score well in the PIT-UN Challenge evaluation process. Attendees will receive a detailed explanation of the scoring rubric. Registration link coming soon
April 28, 2022 @ 2:30 p.m. EDT
May 2, 2022 @ 12p.m. EDT
2022 New PIT-UN Members Network Challenge Grant Application Q&A Session.
This is a closed session for new PIT-UN members to discuss their applications and answer any questions they might have about their application. Calendar invites have been sent out to new member designees and their Challenge Grant representatives.
May 2, 2022 @ 12p.m. EDT
Thursday's @ 12 p.m. EDT
Weeky Starting on May 5, 2022 PIT-UN Members Network Challenge Open Office Hours
These are informal sessions to answer any questions that members might have in developing or submitting their limited submission applications. Each session opens at the top of the hour of 12 pm EDT and ends at 12:30 pm. Questions regarding the 2022 Network Challenge grant can also be submitted to pitunchallenge (@) newventurefund.org NOTE: there will not be an open session on Thurday, May 26th.
Thursday's @ 12 p.m. EDT

Do You Have Questions?

Contact us by clicking below to get answers to any of your Network Challenge questions. 

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Questions about Application Requirements

Questions on Eligibility and Submissions