Announcing the new CIVIC Stage 2 Awardees.


A National Research and Action Competition
Driven By Community Priorities

The Civic Innovation Challenge is a multi-agency, federal government research and action competition that aims to fund ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects that have the potential for scalable, sustainable, and transferable impact on community-identified priorities. It aims to flip the community-university dynamic, inviting communities to identify civic priorities ripe for innovation and to then partner with researchers to address those priorities. 

U.S. Department of
Homeland Security

Co-Lead and Co-Funder

U.S. National Science Foundation

Challenge Lead and Funder

U.S. Department of

Co-Lead and Co-Funder

CIVIC 2022

A new cohort of teams was recently awarded CIVIC 2022 Stage 1 Planning Grants

CIVIC 2021

The first cohort of CIVIC projects recently completed their 1 year pilots

What's the Process?

Teams of researchers and civic partners submitted proposals to one of two community-identified tracks in early 2022.


Pre-Disaster Action Around Adaptation,
Resilience, and Mitigation


Bridging the Gap between Essential Resources and Services & Community Needs

Proposals were reviewed by civic leaders and researchers in NSF-led review panels. NSF, DHS, and DOE jointly selected 56 Stage 1 planning grants, who now have the opportunity to submit proposals for Stage 2 pilots. Stage 2 awardees will receive $1 million and have 1 year to implement their pilot projects in communities across the country.

Stage 1:
Planning Grants
Stage 2:
Award SizeUp to $50KUp to $1M
No. of AwardsUp to 50*Up to 20*
Length of Stage6 Months12 Months

*Contingent on the quality of proposals and availability of funds

Awardees are gathering in a collaborative cohort called a “Community of Practice” to support each other as their projects are implemented.