CIVIC Ideas Festival 2021

October 5th - October 19th

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MetroLab Network invites you to join community leaders, local government leaders, and researchers in helping us to identify the most pressing challenges in your community and to help shape the priorities of future rounds of the Civic Innovation Challenge.

Accepting Ideas Until October 19th


The Ideas Festival is an opportunity for people across the country to identify and voice the challenges in their communities, particularly those that stand to benefit from innovative research-based solutions driven by cross-sector collaborations between local knowledge keepers, researchers, and local government. The last ideas festival helped narrow the focus of the first round of CIVIC to two tracks: Communities and Mobility, and Resilience to Natural Disasters. We are looking for you to help inform future tracks.

SUBMIT the challenges that are most pressing in your community: October 5th - October 19th​

Submissions to the Ideas Festival will be accepted from October 5th to October 19th. The submissions will be reviewed by NSF and its partner agencies and will guide them in identifying the key topic areas where future Civic Innovation Challenges will provide funding.

LEARN how to build consensus on research and action to address community priorities at our Workshop: October 13th

We kickstarted the process of discovering the next set of bold innovation ideas for future rounds of CIVIC. MetroLab and Generation Citizen led a workshop designed to identify and elevate the voices and priorities of communities across the U.S, and build consensus on research and action plans to address those priorities.

DISCUSS your potential submissions at the Ideas Festival Office Hours Sessions: October 8th and October 14th

This is a chance to get 1-on-1 guidance to support Ideas Festival Submissions. Representatives from both the National Science Foundation and MetroLab will be present to respond to questions.

STAY TUNED for updates about the Civic Innovation Challenge​

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Submit Your Ideas!

Use the form below to share your group’s ideas.

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