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Q&As and information sessions

CIVIC Innovation Challenge Prospective Panelists Webinar

About the series

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE:  New date is April 18, 2022!


This 90-minute informational webinar will provide a background on the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) in the context of the NSF merit review process. This webinar is intended for those who have signed the prospective panelists questionnaire to participate as reviewers for CIVIC proposals, and others who want to learn more about the programs merit review process.

Panelists for the CIVIC program come from academia, local government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, representing the expertise relevant to the programs goals.

The presentation will begin with the goals of the program, the key sections that reviewers will evaluate, and conflict of interest rules. It will then discuss NSF’s merit review criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts from the perspective of the CIVIC program as well as the program’s solicitation specific review criteria. Finally, it will cover the workload for panelists prior to and during the panel together with the panel outputs. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with NSF Program Director’s for CIVIC.

If you have not yet signed up and are interested in serving as a potential reviewer for CIVIC, please fill out this questionnaire.


To join the webinar, please register in advance at: 


This webinar will be recorded and made available to the public after the event.


Live captioning will be provided for the webinar. For other disability accommodations, please email civic@nsf.gov as soon as possible, but no later than April 13th.


What is the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC)?

CIVIC aims to accelerate the transition to practice of foundational research and emerging technologies into communities through civic-engaged research, while deepening cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. The program is co-funded and supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

By addressing priorities at the local scale that are relevant across the US, CIVIC is laying the foundation for a broader and more fluid exchange of research and technology capabilities and civic priorities through joint partnerships involving civic stakeholders and the research community.

CIVIC funds projects that pilot state-of-the-art solutions over 12 months, following a six-month planning phase, and have the potential for lasting impact in the partnering community as well as the potential to be scaled and implemented in other communities.

The current round of CIVIC is organized as a two-stage competition with two tracks centered around the following topic areas:

  • Track A. Living in a changing climate: pre-disaster action around adaptation, resilience, and mitigation; and
  • Track B. Bridging the gap between essential resources and services & community needs.

CIVIC project teams must include civic partners and stakeholders working together with researchers to develop, pilot, and evaluate the proposed project. Civic partners and stakeholders may include local, state, or tribal government officials; non-profit representatives; community organizers or advocates; community service providers; and/or others working to improve their communities.

Past events in this series