NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund

AA Seed Fund
The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards NCWIT Academic Alliance (AA) members at non-profit, U.S. institutions (excluding U.S. territories) with start-up funds (up to $10,000 per project) to develop and implement initiatives for recruiting or retaining women in computing and IT. [NOTE: Those applying for Track 2 do not need to be AA members and they can be international.]


To date, 55 member organizations have received a total of $625,450 to grow their technology-related outreach program. A huge thanks to Microsoft Research and other generous sponsors for their support of the Seed Fund. 

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Recipients will be recognized at the 2019 Summit in mid-May in Nashville, Tennessee, and each winning proposal will receive one reimbursed trip to the Summit.

Seed Fund Tracks

For 2019 applications, the Seed Fund will have three tracks:

  1. The “Surging Enrollments” Track must use research-based approaches, but specifically focus on strategies to recruit and retain women in computing during conditions of enrollment surges.
  2. The “Microsoft Research Faculty Summit” Track must also use research-based approaches, but is for those who attended the 2018 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit (MRFS) and are focusing their efforts around broadening participation in the 2018 MRFS theme: systems and networking research. You do not need to be a member of NCWIT to apply (although we'd love to have you join!) and you do not need to be U.S. based to apply to this track.
  3. The “General” Track focuses on broadening participation in computing via research- and evidence-based approaches.

Additional Information

Learn more about NCWIT promising practices and other resources.

For more details about applying for the NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund (including eligibility requirements, proposal content, deadlines, and recipient agreements), view the Call for Proposals and FAQs.


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For further information about any NCWIT Academic Alliance opportunities, please contact the NCWIT Academic Alliance Director at

To join the NCWIT Academic Alliance, simply complete this Academic Alliance Membership Form to receive further details regarding membership.

People Involved: 

Cheryl Calhoun

Co-chair Liaison

Maureen Doyle

Co-chair Liaison

Leen Kiat Soh

Co-chair Liaison