Updated Information

The National Science Foundation released additional information regarding the Civic Innovation Challenge including a date extension to August 3rd, increased funding to $11M, and COVID-19 guidance. For additional information, read the Dear Colleague Letter and the solicitation and register for our live Q&A session.

Build Your Team

Who’s Eligible?

CIVIC flips the community-university dynamic, asking communities to identify civic priorities ripe for innovation and then to partner with researchers to address those priorities. As a result, although awards will be made to universities and nonprofits, all teams are required to work with civic partners. The solicitation describes a civic partner as including local, state, or tribal government officials; non-profit representatives; community organizers or advocates; community service providers; and/or others working to improve their communities.

I want to make a team. Who should be on it?

Building a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary team is critical to position your project for success.

Looking for partners in your community? Here are some places to start:

Civic Partners

Advisor for Emergency Management
Chief Data Officer
Chief Innovation Officer
Chief Resilience Officer
Chief of Staff
City Manager
County Manager
Director of Housing Innovation
Director, Innovation
Director, Public Works
Director, Public Safety
Director, Research
Director, Strategic Partnerships
Director, Transportation
Director, Workforce Development
Executive Director
Open Data Manager
Regional Planning Authority Director
Regional Transportation Authority Director
Research Implementation Manager
Smart City Director
State Budget Director
State Secretary of Transportation
Sustainability Manager
Water Quality Manager

Research Partners

Dean of School of Architecture
Dean of School of Engineering
Director, Center on Environmental Sustainability
Director, External Affairs
Director, Government Relations
Director, Mobility Institute
Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of the Provost
Professor of Computer Science
Professor of Data & Analytics
Professor of Entrepreneurship
Professor of Environmental Studies
Professor of Sociology
Professor of Urban Planning
School of Government/Public Policy
School of Human Sciences
Social Scientist
Vice Chancellor for Civic/Community Engagement
Vice Chancellor of Research

I have civic and academic partners on my team. How can I strengthen our partnership?

  1. Embrace the idea of the city or region as a “living lab” and the research institution as an R&D resource
  2. Formalize the project through MOUs and data-sharing agreements between the civic and research partners
  3. Arrange regular twice-monthly or monthly meetings between points-of-contact throughout project period