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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
  6. Advances research on how disinformation and misinformation impacts how civic engagement intersects with technology, public health, or public policy.

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.

All applications must be submitted electronically via email to by 11:59 p.m., June 3, 2024. Applicants will be informed of status by July 29, 2024. For full consideration, applications must be complete, received by deadline, and signed by department head/director.

IPCE commitments are contingent upon FY2025 state funding and availability.  At this time, IPCE FY2025 funding has not yet been confirmed.


For more information, please contact IPCE Research Associate Sam Theno or Associate Director Norma Ramos.

Our 2023-24 FY Civic Engagement Research Awardees Heading link

Past Award Recipients Heading link

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

Andy Clarno, PhD (UIC) recently presented his IPCE-funded research project, entitled “Big Data Policing and Racialized Surveillance: the CPD Gang Database.” He, along with the Policing in Chicago Research Group, focused on examining the role of big data and tech in policing and surveillance especially as they are applied to communities of color.

Read more Policing in Chicago Research Group Reports

2024-25 Applications are CLOSED