Enabling Data & Tech Transformation + Driving Evidence-Based, Research-Informed Policy

By Redefining the City-University Partnership, and Supporting

The Civic Research & Innovation Ecosystem + MetroLab Members’ Projects, Partnerships, and Students

30+ Cities

30+ Universities

100+ Projects

Climate Challenge Cup

The Climate Challenge Cup is a new international competition to elevate and help scale transformative civic research partnerships between research bodies, civic organizations, and local communities to combat climate change.

The Cup will culminate in an innovative showcase and award ceremony during COP26, the United Nations 2021 Climate Change Conference in November.

We Highlight Transformative Projects

We showcase impactful tech, data, and innovation projects underway between cities, counties, and universities through our Innovation of the Month series.

The Civic Innovation Challenge is Underway

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has launched the Civic Innovation Challenge, an $11 million research and action competition focused on mobility and resilience priorities. MetroLab contributed to the design of “CIVIC” and is supporting the effort through a cooperative agreement with NSF. 52 Stage 1 projects were awarded in 2020, and now 17 Stage 2 projects have been awarded $1million each to implement their projects in a “community-of-practice” led by MetroLab.


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