The National Science Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting proposals for a new round of the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC). CIVIC 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. CIVIC is a 2-stage competition providing 6-month planning grants of $50k in Stage 1 with a downselection to full awards of $1 million over 12 months in Stage 2. You can learn about the first round of CIVIC awardees (and the types of projects they’re doing) here.
Proposals can be submitted starting now until May 5th and should focus on one of the following two community-identified priorities:
- Living in a changing climate: pre-disaster action around adaptation, resilience, and mitigation; or
- Resource & service equity: Bridging the gap between essential resources and services & community needs