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Civic Innovation Challenge

Civic Innovation Challenge

Enhancing Resilience: DHS Co-Sponsoring the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC)

Civic Innovation Challenge Powering Smart & Connected CommunitiesDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is partnering with the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy, to co-sponsor the Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC), to address mobility and resilience priorities across the country.

  • Teams of academic and civic partners will compete for awards of up to $1 million to support the rapid implementation of community-driven, research-based pilot projects that address mobility and resilience priorities.
  • CIVIC prioritizes community engagement, transdisciplinary research, and real-world pilots to enhance science and create lasting community impact.
  • While the collective energy and effort of communities must focus on the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) response and recovery, community members, researchers, and leaders are encouraged to consider how civic services and systems should be rebuilt to be stronger and more resilient once communities emerge from this crisis.

CIVIC comprises two tracks. DHS is co-sponsoring the Resilience to Natural Disasters Track and DOE is sponsoring the Communities and Mobility Track.

  1. Communities and Mobility: Offering Better Mobility Options to Solve the Spatial Mismatch Between Housing that is Affordable and Jobs; and
  2. Resilience to Natural Disasters: Equipping Communities for Greater Preparedness and Resilience to Natural Disasters.

As teams reflect on the focus areas, they are encouraged to consider how both the current pandemic crisis and other experiences in their communities uncover new challenges, motivate new questions, and highlight the need for new perspectives. Given how disasters can quickly cascade throughout jurisdictions and regions, civic teams should consider taking a “whole community” approach to their planning by cultivating community partnerships. 

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