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CIVIC 2022: Turning Science and Research into Action to Build Community Resilience

Civic Innovation Challenge Powering Smart & Connected Communities

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is partnering with the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy to launch CIVIC Innovation Challenge 2022 (CIC 2022)—the current round of the Civic Innovation Challenge.

Gaps in equality and natural disasters can have a widespread impact, but the effects are seen and felt most sharply at the community level, when neighbors are the ones suffering.  CIC 2022 is designed to find community-based solutions to these challenges and make them sustainable, scalable, and transferrable to other communities across the United States.

As a research, design, and implementation competition created to help communities build resilience and improve quality of life, CIC 2022 advances priorities for federal government organizations to “listen to the science” and build multi-disciplinary coalitions with stakeholders from state, local, and tribal governments.

In the face of mounting pressures brought by changes in the climate and disparities within vulnerable populations, CIC 2022 aims to equip community leaders with real-world solutions that bolster pre-disaster readiness, enhance climate adaption and mitigation, and increase access to essential resources and services.

CIVIC 2022 is comprised of two tracks: 

  • Track A

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    Living in a changing climate: pre-disaster action around adaptation, resilience, and mitigation

  • Track B

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    Resource and Service Equity: bridging the gap between essential resources and services and community needs

The Process 

civic innovation stage 2
Last Updated: 12/26/2023
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