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At the National Science Foundation, we strive to find people to create knowledge that transforms the future and we would like to ask your help to find community college faculty, administrators and/or students to promote and register for the 2018 NSF Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).

The purpose of the challenge is to find fresh ideas that use science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) and help take those innovations into the market.

How you can help

  1. Retweet or Share a Facebook Post and use #CCIChallenge.
  2. See the Promotional Toolkit and easily cut and paste content into any format.
  3. Forward this email to faculty, students and industry partners who would have interest.

Details for team entry

  • Must include 3-5 students per team.
  • Teams must have a faculty mentor (from your college).
  • Teams must have an industry partner (outside your college).
  • Entries must include a written portion and a 90-second video.
  • Submit from Oct. 18, 2017, to Feb. 14, 2018, 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Must attend Innovation Boot Camp, required for student finalists and their faculty mentor, in Alexandria, Virginia, June 11, 2018, to June 14, 2018.

For a comprehensive look at the rules, purpose and process involved in the CCIC and Finalist Innovation Boot Camp, please refer to the official 2018 CCIC Handbook (PDF) or the FAQ for more information.

What you win

  • A plaque for all finalist schools.
  • A $500 honorarium for all finalist faculty mentors.
  • Full travel support for all finalist attendees.
  • First and second-place team awards (students only).
  • First place wins $1,500.
  • Second place wins $1,200.


You can contact the CCIC Team at with any questions and someone will promptly respond to your inquiry.

Best Regards,
NSF Community College Innovation Challenge Team