The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is a 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. CIVIC will lay a foundation for a broader and more fluid exchange of research interests and civic priorities that will create new instances of collaboration and introduce new areas of technical and social scientific discovery. CIVIC will fund projects that can produce significant community impact within 12 months (following a four-month planning phase) and have the potential for lasting impact beyond the period of the CIVIC award.
CIVIC is organized as a two-stage competition with two tracks centered around the following topic areas:
- Track A. Communities and Mobility: Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing Affordability and Jobs
- Track B. Resilience to Natural Disasters: Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters.
CIVIC asks communities to identify civic priorities ripe for innovation and then to partner with researchers to address those priorities. As a result, although awards will be made to universities and nonprofits, all teams are required to work with civic partners. The solicitation describes a civic partner as including local, state, or tribal government officials; non-profit representatives; community organizers or advocates; community service providers; and/or others working to improve their communities. More details on how to build a cross-sector, multi-disciplinary team is available here
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