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

Civic Innovation Challenge Powering Smart & Connected CommunitiesThe 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 2022—the next round of the Civic Innovation Challenge.

As a research, design, and implementation competition created to help communities build resilience and improve quality of life, CIVIC 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, CIVIC 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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    Track A Thermometer and globe icon

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

  • Track B

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    Track B group of people icon

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

The Process 

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Application. Teams of civic and academic partners applied to one of the two tracks in summer 2022. Stage 1. In summer 2022, review panels offered awards to to 50 teams, each receiving up to $50K. Stage 2. Review panels will offer awards to 20 teams, up to $1M. Implementation, Teams will undertake their projects over 12 months and learn from each other as a cohort.
Last Updated: 02/26/2022
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