UPDATE: Stage 1 awardees have been announced. See the list of projects here.

Join us for the CIVIC Stage 1 Closing Event

A National Research and Action Competition

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.

Learn more about the Civic Innovation Challenge and the 52 teams that it is supporting.

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Join us on June 25th, 2021 to see a showcase of the CIVIC Stage 1 projects.

Register for the Stage 1 Closing Event

What’s the Process?

Teams of researchers and civic partners applied to one of two tracks:



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


Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters

Teams’ Stage 1 proposals were reviewed by civic leaders and researchers in NSF-led review panels. NSF, DOE, and DHS jointly selected 52 awardees. Stage 1 awardees applied for Stage 2 on May 5th, 2021.

 Stage 1:
Planning Grants
Stage 2:
Full Awards
Award SizeUp to $50KUp to $1M
No. of Awards528 (expected)
Length of Stage4 Months12 Months

Awardees gathered in a collaborative group called a “Community of Practice” to develop their ideas and prepare for implementation. The Stage 2 Awardees will be announced soon. To stay updated, use the form at the bottom of this page to register for the Civic Innovation Challenge newsletter.