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GEO i-Hub Office Hours for new NSF CIVIC Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) Funding Opportunity

March 5, 2024

The new Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC), a research and action competition driven by community priorities, solicitation is now available. Join an upcoming virtual office hour on Zoom!

The Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) is designed to build a more cohesive research-to-innovation pipeline and to foster a collaborative spirit between communities and researchers. 

A CIVIC project should address community-challenges identified via a tight collaboration between civic and academic partners, with the goal of achieving concrete impacts in communities. 

Get up to $1M to bring together a science team and a U.S. community impacted by climate change for one year to co-design and implement of a pilot solution that has the potential to be sustainable after the end of NSF funding as well as the potential to be scalable to other communities with a similar problem.

The CIVIC program comprises two stages: Stage 1 Planning Grants and Stage 2 Full Awards.

  • Stage 1. Planning Grants (PGs). Projects funded in this design stage will provide support for a period of six months with a budget not to exceed $75,000.
  • Stage 2. Full Awards (FAs). Projects funded in this stage will provide support for a period of 12 months with a budget not to exceed $1,000,000. 

NSF program experts invite you to virtual office hours to answer questions about the solicitation and to learn more about what successful proposals look like. Have your questions ready.

Join Upcoming GEO Innovation Hub (iHub) Virtual Office Hours on the CIVIC Solicitation

Meeting Dates and Times

Thursday, Feb 8, 2024, at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join ZoomGov Meeting:
Meeting ID: 160 665 6714
Passcode: 052934

Thursday, Feb 8, 2024, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join ZoomGov Meeting
Meeting ID: 160 700 2584
Passcode: 339085

Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join ZoomGov Meeting
Meeting ID: 160 018 7846
Passcode: 028637

Questions? Contact GEO iHub Program Manager Barbara Ransom at about potential GEO projects for CIVIC.

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2023 budget of $9.5 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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