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Civic Innovation Challenge Webinar

About the series

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy, has released a new funding opportunity (NSF #22-565) for the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC). CIVIC is a research and action competition that accelerates the transition to the practice of foundational research and emerging technologies into communities through civic-engaged research. CIVIC projects address community-identified priorities by piloting research-based solutions, co-created by academic and community partners and stakeholders.

This 90-minute informational webinar will provide: 

  • An overview of the CIVIC program, including its goals and structure
  •  Details of the new solicitation and important submission information for potential proposers across academia, community organizations, and state and local government
  • Q&A with CIVIC Program Directors

To learn more about the projects from the first round of the program, visit the CIVIC website: https://nsfcivicinnovation.org/ 


What is the Civic Innovation Challenge?

CIVIC aims to accelerate the transition to the practice of foundational research and emerging technologies into communities through civic-engaged research while deepening cooperation and information sharing across sectors and regions. 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. 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.


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 February 16th, 2022.


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 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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