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A NETWORK OF CITY
+ UNIVERSITY
PARTNERSHIPS
FOR CIVIC
INNOVATION

Supporting the Civic Research + Innovation Ecosystem
Enabling Data + Technology Transformation
Driving Evidence-Based + Research-Informed Policies
Advancing MetroLab Members’ Projects, Partnerships + Students

A new, more inclusive membership model

MetroLab’s mission is focused on the belief that when local governments and universities work together, innovation can thrive in a catalytic and inclusive manner. At its core, MetroLab is a convener and thought leader, living at the intersection of research and implementation. We invite you to join our network to learn best practices emerging from local government-academia partnerships, connect with innovators, and participate in MetroLab programming.

PROGRAMS/PROJECTS

CIVIC INNOVATION CHALLENGE

An $11 million research and action competition focused on mobility and resilience priorities launched by the U.S. National Science Foundation. MetroLab Network contributed to the design of “CIVIC” and is supporting the effort through a cooperative agreement with the NSF.

INNOVATION OF the MONTH

Showcasing impactful tech, data, and innovation projects underway between our member cities, counties, and universities.

ANNUAL STUDENT CUP

Recognizing, rewarding, and supporting  impactful civic tech, data, research, and innovation projects championed by students from MetroLab Network member universities/colleges in partnership with government and/or community partners.

CIVIC RESEARCH innovation PRIZE

Empowering students from MetroLab Network member universities to implement bold and innovative civic research projects in partnership with a local government or community partner. 

Climate Challenge Cup

Celebrating transformative civic research partnerships in the UK and US between research bodies, civic organizations and local communities to combat climate change.

"This style of city-university collaboration has become the pattern for what I would call College Town 2.0, a framework in which cities look to universities not only for the size of their endowment and the capacity of their students to spend money, but in terms of the substance of their work."
Secretary Pete Buttigieg
(From the book "Shortest Way Home")