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Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC): A Research and Action Competition Driven by Community Priorities

  • Title and Number:  Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC): A Research and Action Competition Driven by Community Priorities – NSF 24-534
  • Agency:  National Science Foundation
  • Deadline:  May 1, 2024
  • Grant Amount:  Stage 1: up to $75,000 for six months; Stage 2: up to $1,000,000 for up to 12 months.
  • Available Funding: $22,300,000 to $25,600,000
  • Number of Anticipated Awards:  35 to 40 Planning Grants (Stage 1); 15 to 20 Stage 2 recipients will be selected from Stage 1 for awards up to $1,000,000 for up to 12 months.
  • Match Required:  No

Purpose of Funding (fields of work and funding uses):  Track A: Climate and Environmental Instability – Building Resilient communities through Co-Design, Adaption, and Mitigation. Track B: Bridging the gap between essential resources and services and community needs.

For all proposals (Track A or Track B), the project team must include civic partners working together with researchers to develop, pilot, and evaluate the proposed project. Civic partners 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. In addition, teams may choose to engage with industry partners

Eligibility (location of project and entity):  1) Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) – Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. 2) Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

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