NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund

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The NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund awards NCWIT's Academic Alliance 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. To date, 47 member organizations have received a total of $545,450 to grow their technology-related outreach program. We thank Microsoft Research for their support of the Seed Fund.  In addition, a campus is eligible to win one Seed Fund award; however, a principal investigator may win more than once if they have moved to a different campus.

Applications for 2017 are now open!

February 2016 (Round 12):

We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for 2017 (Round 13) of the NCWIT Seed Fund is now open. Winners will be recognized at the May 2017 Summit in Tucson, Arizona. To apply, simply submit your online application (including a PDF upload of your chair’s or dean’s letter of support) by clicking “signup” here:

Submit Your Proposal

Applications and letters of support are due on October 30, 2016, by midnight MT. Winners will be notified by March 13, 2017. For more details (including proposal content and deadlines), please view our Seed Fund 2017 Call for Proposals and FAQs.

For complete program results and status of past Seed Fund rounds, download our Seed Fund Executive Report.

View Previous Winners

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For further information about any NCWIT Academic Alliance opportunities, please contact the AA program manager, Kimberly Kalahar, at

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

People Involved: 

Sharon Mason

Co-chair Liaison

Charlie McDowell

Co-chair Liaison

Robert Beck

Co-chair Liaison