Rutgers Team to Receive $1 Million in Federal Funding for Smart Kids and Cool Seniors Project

Oliver Stringham2023

The National Science Foundation’s CIVIC program helps community-university partnerships combat climate change and improve access to essential resources and services.

A team of researchers at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, led by RCEI Affiliates Clint Andrews, Jennifer Senick, and Jie Gong, has been selected to receive a $1 million Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC) award for a community-university partnership that combats climate change and improves access to essential resources and services.

CIVIC is organized by the National Science Foundation in two stages. First, teams utilized planning grants of up to $50,000 a team over a period of six months. These teams then refine their projects and compete for second-stage grants of up to $1 million a team. These second-stage awards will support ready-to-implement, research-based pilot projects and have been offered to a cohort of awardees in each track.

The Rutgers project, Smart Kids and Cool Seniors, seeks to assist low-resource urban residents as they adapt to increasing heat stress and local air pollution, both outdoors and indoors.

Read the full article at Rutgers Today.