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Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC)

Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities (CSCRC) Project

Through forums and citizen science projects, museums engage the public in active learning and resilience planning around heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought.

Opportunities for NISE Network partners

  • Apply to be one of 20 sites that will be selected to receive a small stipend and support from the project team to organize and implement a science-to-civics campaign in your community
  • Dates and Deadlines: Applications for a CSCRC project stipend application must be submitted online using Qualtrics by January 15, 2021
  • Institution Eligibility and How to Apply: Find more information below


The "Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities" education project led by the Museum of Science, Boston in partnership with Arizona State University and Northeastern University will increase resilience to extreme weather and environmental hazards through citizen-created data, local knowledge, and community values. Building upon previous funding from NOAA in which a set of modules were created and used to engage participants in active learning and resilience planning about four natural hazards (heat waves, sea level rise, extreme precipitation, and drought), the museum and its partners will add participatory citizen science activities selected in close collaboration with resilience planners.

This new and expanded project will involve diverse groups of participants at 28 U.S. science centers collecting, analyzing, and sharing data relevant to local resilience planners, learning about vulnerabilities through visualizations of geospatial data and deliberative problem-solving, sharing perspectives about resilience strategies and their societal and environmental trade-offs, formulating community resilience plans, and presenting findings and recommendations to resilience planners and publics. The project aims to formulate a theory of action that sustains engagement and increases environmental literacy among participants, contributes citizen-created data, knowledge and values to resilience planning, and increases capacity among science centers for including publics in resilience planning and data collection.

Institution Eligibility 

To be eligible to as a CSCRC site and receive a stipend, an institution must be:

  • Informal science education institutions; such as science centers, aquariums, and botanical gardens; or
  • Academic and/or University outreach centers 
  • Located in the United States

Priority will be given to institutions that have prior experience in one or more of the following: 

  • Hosting deliberative forum programs 
  • Education programs about climate resilience topics 
  • Participating in citizen/community science activities 

Institution Expectations and Stipend

If selected as an CSCRC site, you will receive a $2,000 stipend to, with guidance and support from Core Project Partners (MOS, NEU, SciStarter), complete the following:

  • Participate in online trainings run by MOS
    • 2-3 hour long training sessions: overview of the project, how to run citizen science projects, and how to run a virtual forum. 
  • Consult with local resilience planner(s) to:
    • Select one climate hazard: Sea Level Rise, Extreme Heat, Drought, or Extreme Precipitation
    • Select relevant citizen science activity(s)
    • Recruit a community of local citizen scientists
    • Run citizen science campaign
    • Create and disseminate a visual summary of local citizen science data
    • Establish a plan for using data within community 
  • Coordinate virtual local, or recruit for and participate in virtual national, forum event for your climate hazard using already created MOS Climate Hazard Resilience Forum Materials from the previously funded NOAA project.

Application Process

Applications for a CSCRC project stipend application must be submitted online using Qualtrics by January 15, 2021 (Application now closed)

Overview includes application instructions and eligibility (please read before applying):

Preview the application: The forum stipend application is an online process. Applications can be saved in the Qualtrics site, but we strongly suggest you write your responses in a Word doc, save, and then cut and paste that information into this application.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Optional: Watch Wicked High Tides virtual forum hosted by Museum of Science on November 10, 2020
  • Optional: Watch an online workshop to learn more about the Citizen Science, Civics, and Resilient Communities project 
  • December 1, 2020 - Application opens
  • January 15, 2021 - Final application deadline
  • February 15, 2021 - Final applicants to be notified
  • February - March 2021 - Participate in training webinars held by MOS
  • April - June 2021 - Recruit for and run citizen science projects 
  • April - June 2021 - Hold virtual individual local forum or virtual national forum 

Goals and Outcomes

  • Sustain engagement and increase environmental literacy among forum and citizen science participants
  • Contribute citizen-created data, local knowledge and community values to local resilience planning efforts
  • Increase capacity among ISE institutions for convening and leading participatory activities to engage citizens in resilience planning and data collection
  • Develop a theory of action to inform future resilience planning efforts

Project Partners

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About the Project

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This material was prepared using federal funds under award NA18SEC0080008 from NOAA. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or the US Department of Commerce. 


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