Last week, the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, announced the launch of the Civic Innovation Challenge, a national research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain.
Teams will compete for awards of up to $1 million to support ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects that have the potential for scalable, sustainable, and transferable impact on community-identified priorities. Teams will include civic partners — such as local, state, and tribal government officials, and non-profit and community leaders — working together with technical and social science researchers. The Civic Innovation Challenge is funded with an anticipated $9 million in funding from NSF, DOE, and DHS. Teams interested in applying can learn more about the opportunity here. The Civic Innovation Challenge is also hosting two Q&A webinars.