The Network Challenge is a grant program designed to seed and support initiatives that grow public interest technology at the university level.
PIT-UN Network Challenge
On November 2, 2021, New America announced the third annual Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN) Network Challenge grantees. The Challenge awarded $3.61 million to 31 grantees to fund and support critical research, field building, and the development of a burgeoning career pipeline for public interest technologists that began in 2019 when the Network was established. The network and challenge grants are funded through the support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard Impact Fund, with support from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, The Raikes Foundation, Schmidt Futures and The Siegel Family Endowment.
Network Challenge Priority Areas
The Network Challenge follows four priority areas