Science: We mean science in an inclusive way: activities, ways of knowing, and processes that develop, refine, and apply knowledge about the world by modeling, deducing, experimenting, observing, experiencing, classifying, and/or reasoning, etc. Science activities include research, application, education, and synthesis or integration. We invite all approaches to science including Indigenous, Western, and Eastern.
Citizen Science: Initiatives that engage members of a community – including non-scientists – in scientific research such as data collection, data analysis, and problem solving.
Community Science: Community science is the equitable collaboration of science and research with communities, aimed at outcomes for the benefit of communities and science with a focus on prioritizing community benefits. Work can be led by collaborative teams of researchers and community stakeholders or be community-led.
Community Resilience: Ability for communities to adapt, recover, or withstand adversity and challenges, especially adversity or challenges related to climate change, in a sustained manner. At its best, resiliency addresses the underlying causes of inequality, repairs past harms, and addresses future injustice.
Tracks are a new way for NSF, through its convergence accelerator
program, to invite proposals for funding science research that leads to societal outcomes. Tracks are not specific projects or activities; they define areas that NSF will use to invite proposals and fund projects. The overall goal of tracks is to fund projects that produce long-lasting societal impact fed by science. Examples of current tracks in this program include: Food and Nutrition Security, Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges, and Enhancing Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
For 2023, NSF is considering a new track on Community Science and Community Resilience. Our goal is to offer NSF guidance about such a track. We are doing that by soliciting your ideas for the overarching themes, programs, and projects that NSF should consider funding under this track as well as recommendations for how to encourage equity within the track.
Ideas about Tracks: To help NSF decide to fund the Community Science and Community Resilience track, we are asking for themes, projects, and recommendations.
- Themes are overarching ideas on the topics a track on Community Science and Community Resilience could explore.
- Projects are examples of specific activities tied to the track theme.
- Recommendations are suggestions for how to make the work more accessible or successful by encouraging partnership or removing barriers to participation.
For example, a Community Science and Community Resilience track theme might be around enhancing coastal resilience in historically underserved urban communities. Specific projects might include flood preparation and mitigation with Latinx neighborhoods in San Diego and integrated storm and sea water management strategies in Richmond's underserved neighborhoods. Recommendations might include making it easier for small neighborhood based groups to receive financial support for their work on projects. Another track theme might focus on managing heat in rural areas. A project might focus on working on heat-resistant corn production with farmers, and a recommendation might include working with large agricultural companies to develop data policies and practices for sharing data about the genetic markers for corn’s susceptibility to heat, drought, and flooding.
The most successful ideas:
- will be national in scale;
- will fund projects that produce tangible community outcomes in three years or less;
- will advance research and generate new knowledge;
- will promote the leadership and benefit of historically neglected, marginalized, or colonized communities;
- will equitably engage public, private, and non-profit actors; and
- will change the culture and practice of science forever.