MetroLab Launches Civic Innovation Challenge with National Science Foundation

The MetroLab Network is launching new initiatives to strengthen and grow the bonds between universities and cities to use innovation and data to solve complex issues related to mobility, economic development, resiliency and other areas.

MetroLab, a network of 44 cities, five counties and 55 universities dedicated to growing partnerships to solve complex urban problems, has launched its next major initiative, the Civic Innovation Challenge. The project is a joint effort by MetroLab, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Smart Cities Lab.

The Foundation awarded a grant to MetroLab to support a Research in Action competition in the “smart and connected communities area,” said Meghan Houghton, a staff associate with NSF.