Best Practice Grants
Institutions must have nonprofit status and graduate 200 or more computing majors annually, as defined by category 11 from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Classification for Instructional Programs (CIP). Applicants must demonstrate commitment to the Center’s mission and Project Leads should be computing faculty with the seniority to manage the grant and oversee the necessary changes. Proposals should include meaningful curricular and/or pedagogical changes based on evidence-based best practices.
Please do not propose scholarships, travel stipends for undergraduates, or initiatives focused on recruiting from high school. While these are important aspects of broadening participation, they do not immediately translate to significantly more women with degrees in computing. The interventions we support center on large-scale, sustainable changes.
We seek partners who demonstrate a combination of three factors:
- Readiness. Every institution faces unique challenges to broadening participation. In order to scale best practices, institutions must be well-positioned to make necessary adjustments quickly.
- Level of Commitment. Key institutional leaders are not only supportive but are also critical participants, demonstrating dedication to making our mission a reality.
- Urgency to Act. Institutional leaders and faculty are eager to implement the evidence-based practices in the near term.
Timing & Deadlines
The Center accepts grant applications twice per year and anticipates funding as many as 30 different colleges and universities over the next four years. Our next round opens on September 4, 2020. The deadline to apply is October 23, 2020.
Applicants submit three years of institutional data and a letter of intent. Apply here.
Letters of intent are evaluated based on the level of buy-in and commitment from leadership and faculty and the potential impact of the interventions proposed.
If the application is advanced to the next round, we conduct a site visit.
This is a one-day, virtual meeting during which Center staff and Technical Advisors meet with the members of the project team, students, staff, and university leaders.
If selected, the Center’s team collaborates with the Project Lead to create a detailed action plan.
If awarded funding, there is a 15% limit on indirect cost recovery on total direct costs. In addition, recipients will need to provide data several times a year.