Civic Engagement Research Awards

The Institute supports research from UIC faculty that centers on the concept, practices, and methods of civic engagement.

We seek to partner on research that furthers understanding about effective strategies or tools that help:

  1. Citizens better understand the policy making process
  2. Citizens and communities to become more engaged in policy debate or deliberative processes
  3. Government become more responsive to citizens
  4. Government, non profits, and civic institutions use technology to engage and connect citizens (including those with disproportionately lower access to technology than the public at large) with government and/or improve service delivery
  5. Community development efforts or local community change initiatives use civic engagement to enhance effectiveness or increase the overall impact of programs

Our research award amounts vary year to year. Historically, awards have been between $10,000 and $20,000 per project. UIC faculty and research staff of UIC research centers, institutes, and programs are eligible to apply.
The research awards are contingent on state funding and availability each fiscal year.

Our 2019-20 FY Civic Engagement Research Awardees

Recently Featured Research

Sage Kim, PhD, recently presented her IPCE-funded research project, “Organizationally Mediated Social Capital, Community Engagement, and Medically Underserved Areas.” She studied the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and the distribution of federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in Chicago. Her research explored how community organizations may mediate access to safety net services, and how recent state budget crisis and political conditions may affect ways that community organizations operate.

See more IPCE-funded research

Past award recipients

IPCE Civic Engagement Research Awards have historically been allotted to areas of study ranging from sociology to education to computer science.

For more information, please contact Maggie Eickhoff, Visiting Research Associate