A National Research and Action Competition

To learn more about the Civic Innovation Challenge, read the announcement here.

From the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security

The Civic Innovation Challenge is a 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.

What’s the Process?

Teams of researchers and civic partners will apply to one of two tracks by July 1:

COMMUNITIES AND

MOBILITY

Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing Affordability and Jobs

RESILIENCE TO NATURAL DISASTERS

Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters

Teams’ proposals will be reviewed by civic leaders and researchers in NSF-led review panels. NSF, DOE, and DHS will jointly select awardees. Only Stage 1 awardees will be eligible to apply for Stage 2.

 Stage 1:
Planning Grants
Stage 2:
Full Awards
Award SizeUp to $50KUp to $1M
Expected No. of Awards Per TrackUp to 12Up to 3
Length of Stage4 Months12 Months

Get the details.