2022 PIT-UN Network Challenge Funding Open for Submissions


The Public Interest Technology – University Network (PIT-UN) has opened the call for proposals for the 2022 Network Challenge funding opportunity. The PIT-UN Network Challenge aims to encourage new ideas, foster collaborations, and encourage the sharing of resources and information among network members.

Now in its fourth year, projects addressing any of the following priority areas are welcome: Educational offerings; Career Pipeline/Placement; Faculty and institution building; and the strengthening of the PIT university network.

The Network Challenge offers grants of up to $180,000 for projects focused on developing technological expertise to advance the public interest in a way that generates public benefit and promotes the public good, especially for least well served members of our society, historically and today, by existing networks. systems and policies. The RFP is only open to submissions from researchers at member universities. As a member since 2019-20, all Principal Investigators at UCSC are eligible to participate.

A limited campus submission process will select up to three new campus proposals to submit to the network-wide competition. On-campus submissions must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 10, 2022 and require an abridged version of the final proposal. To be considered for nomination, papers must be submitted to the internal campus competition via InfoReady at ucsc.infoready4.com. After clicking on the competition, select “Apply” on the right side, complete the application form and upload a document with the additional information required.

Selected campus applicants from the limited submissions review will then develop their proposals for the national deadline of 11:59 p.m. PDT on July 24, 2022. Final proposals are limited to a maximum of 6 pages.

An information session for all interested researchers will be held via Zoom on April 19, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. RSVP for the session: https://ucsc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsd-qhrjsiGtWsV4- 5JAKo5Vgceqp_zmed.

Proposals are invited in two funding tranches:

  • Up to $90,000 for direct and indirect costs
  • Up to $180,000 for direct and indirect costs

Administered by New America, PIT-UN is a national network of 43 universities and colleges focused on advancing technologies of public interest. In the 2021 funding round, the PIT-UN Challenge awarded $4.16 million to 37 grantees, with one of the UCSC research teams receiving funding.

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