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America's communities are facing an unending array of challenges, but researchers supported by the National Science Foundation are racing to find solutions in collaboration with these communities.
Residents in several Indiana communities are part of new Purdue research determining how households consume energy.
Small communities in rural Iowa use a data-driven framework for smart decision-making.
Climate and environmental resilience
Research focused on developing strategies to increase community resilience to environmental stressors ranging from a changing climate to natural disasters and other crises.
Community planning and digital governance
Projects focused on developing tools for more equitable community planning and governance.
Education and workforce
Projects focusing on empowering underserved groups and communities through education and training that enable communities to transition to a smart and connected future.
- Landslide Risk Management in Remote Communities: Integrating Geoscience, Data Science, and Social Science in Local Context.
- Enabling Smart Cities in Coastal Regions of Environmental and Industrial. Change: Building Adaptive Capacity through Sociotechnical Networks on the Texas Gulf Coast.
- Integrating Information Flows and Supporting Communities as Decision-Makers in Response to Acute and Chronic Stressors.
- A Novel Architecture for Secure, Energy-Efficient Community-Edge-Clouds with Application in Harlem (SEEC HARLEM).
- The "Community Tech Workers": A Community-Driven Model to Support Economic Mobility and Bridge the Digital Divide in the U.S.
- A Manufacturing-Driven Approach to Advancing Community in Northeast Ohio.
Emergency management and public safety
Research using edge-computing, sensors, data analytics and novel community engagement methods to build resilient and safe communities.
Research focused on the resilience, sustainability and efficiency of critical energy infrastructure.
Food security and agriculture
Projects that promote sustainable, resilient agricultural practices and resource management through advancements in sensing, data analytics and other fields.
- Co-Producing Community - An integrated approach to building smart and connected nutrient management communities in the US Corn Belt.
- Smart Integrated Farm Network for Rural Agricultural Communities.
- Connecting Farming Communities for Sustainable Crop Production and Environment Using Smart Agricultural Drainage Systems.
Health and wellbeing
Research aimed at leveraging technology to improve health care access and delivery in underserved communities.
Transportation and personal mobility
Projects that optimize urban mobility and accessibility and reduce traffic congestion through intelligent transportation systems.
Projects focused on strengthening critical water infrastructure and improving community resilience to water-related hazards.
- Toxic-Free Footprints to Improve Community Health against Respiratory Hazards.
- Smart and Connected Family Engagement for Equitable Early Intervention Service Design.
- Smart Social Connector: An Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Approach to Foster Social Connectedness in Underserved Senior Populations.
- Overcoming Social and Technical Barriers for the Broad Adoption of Smart Stormwater Systems.
- Community Based Approach to Address Contaminants in Drinking Water using Smart Cloud-Connected Electrochemical Sensors.
- Creating an Extensible Data Exchange and Analytics Sandbox for Smart Water infrastructures.
The S&CC program supports collaboration between NSF and other U.S. federal government agencies, as well as international partners, on advancing research in smart communities. These partnerships expand the scope and geography of funded projects and are instrumental in translating research into practical solutions.
Key partners include:
- U.S. Department of Agriculture — Supporting research at the intersection of agricultural science, Big Data, informatics and smart communities. View details about the USDA partnership.
- Japan Science and Technology Agency — Co-funding projects between U.S. and Japanese teams focusing on addressing disaster and pandemic resilience.
- Department of Transportation — Co-funding of projects focusing on research in emerging mobility platforms.