Funding Agency:

Microgrants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to STEM graduate student and postdoc-led groups to design and execute projects that create dialogue with public officials, local community leaders, and the public around issues of common concern. These funds provide opportunities for grantees to develop skills in areas such as communication and program  planning, along with an understanding of public policy and government to have an impact in their local communities. 

The 2022-2023 Civic Engagement Microgrant Program welcomes novel ideas and programs for early career researchers to support building policy and communication skills and increase their level of engagement with their communities, community leaders, and elected and non-elected government officials. 

Civic engagement is highly interdisciplinary by nature, acknowledging the complexities of scientific and societal concerns by drawing on expertise from a wide breadth of disciplines. The most competitive proposals will facilitate collaborations across STEM disciplines. Collaborations including the following STEM disciplines are encouraged (and are not limited to): psychology, sociology, anthropology, physical sciences, biological sciences, biomedical sciences, computer science and related technologies, engineering, economics, math, and medicine. 

Deadline: Sep. 9, 2022

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Science policy groups consisting of any combination graduate students, postdocs, and professional students (medical, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, etc.) residing in the United States or a U.S. territory. 

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 9, 2022