The Civic Innovation Challenge is Underway
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.