Open calls

This page consolidates both Slovenian and international funding opportunities and calls for the support and advancement of citizen science. Should you be aware of any such funding call that isn’t currently listed here, please inform us.

Ongoing open calls

IMPETUS OPEN CALL for Citizen Science Projects 2024 - (deadline: 11. 3. 2024)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

IMPETUS is actively seeking innovative and sustainable citizen science projects to back and promote in its recent call for proposals. They are particularly interested in projects that employ citizen science methods creatively to address societal issues. Your initiatives aligning with these criteria are warmly welcomed by IMPETUS.

This call for proposals offers two distinct opportunities: participation in the IMPETUS Accelerator and the chance to compete for the European Union Prize for Citizen Science. The timeframe for submitting proposals for the European Union Prize for Citizen Science is set from January 10 to March 11, and for the IMPETUS Accelerator, it begins on March 14.

  • IMPETUS ACCELERATOR includes a one-week bootcamp, online mentoring and training, peer-to-peer learning, networking and promotional opportunities, and financial support of €20,000 (for initial projects) or €10,000 (for ongoing projects).
  • The EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CITIZEN SCIENCE is made up of three main prizes. A main prize of €60,000 and two additional prizes for projects that best demonstrate how citizen science can be used to promote diversity and collaboration and digital communities; both prizes will be awarded for €20,000.

Announcement of open call: 10.th of january 2024

Deadline for application: 11.th of march 2024 till 12:00

Link to open call

ECSA2024 conference: Change - Vienna, 3-6 April 2024 - Call for proposals - (deadline: 30. 9. 2023)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

We are thrilled to announce that ECSA 2024 will be held from April 3 to 6, 2024, in Vienna, Austria. This event is jointly hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and the Natural History Museum Vienna. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the ECSA Conference will merge with the Austrian Citizen Science Conference, offering sessions and workshops in both English and German. The central theme for the 2024 conference is “Change.”

ECSA conferences are a biennial celebration of the citizen science community, providing an excellent opportunity for networking, partnership-building, and showcasing the latest developments in the field. These conferences cater to a diverse audience, aiming to encourage new collaborations and cross-disciplinary interactions within citizen science. Attendees range from citizen science practitioners, researchers, activists, and scientists, to policy makers, NGOs, artists, and more.

We warmly invite both ECSA members and non-members to submit abstracts for the conference. We are especially keen to include communities that have been less represented in past ECSA conferences, such as those from the maker, DIY, and open science sectors.

Please be aware that all participants of ECSA 2024, including oral and poster presenters, workshop and training leaders, and session conveners, must register and pay the conference registration fee*. By submitting an abstract, you agree to this condition and acknowledge the necessity of paying the registration fee if your paper is accepted. Please note that the conference will not accommodate remote presentations or convening.

Announcement of open call: 1.st of july 2023

Deadline for application: 30.th of september 2023

Link to open call

MSCA and Citizens - European Researchers' Night - (deadline: 25. 10. 2023)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

Goal of MSCA and citizens is to bridge the gap between research and the general public, enhancing awareness of research and innovation endeavors, and bolstering public appreciation for science and research education. This initiative will highlight the significance of researchers in society and the economy, as well as the influence of their work on citizens’ everyday lives. Additionally, it aims to spark interest among young people in research and scientific careers.

MSCA and Citizens are committed to engaging with the general public, making science accessible to individuals regardless of their scientific background. The focus will particularly be on families, schoolchildren, students, and especially those who typically have limited access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) or research activities. A core aspect of this outreach is to ensure inclusion, thereby broadening the scope of access to science and research for everyone.

Additionally, MSCA and Citizens will emphasize the importance of gender balance and inclusion in science, along with promoting principles of open science and responsible research and innovation.

To achieve these goals, initiatives such as the European Researchers’ Night and the Researchers in Schools program will be organized and implemented. These efforts aim to foster a more inclusive, accessible, and balanced approach to science and research engagement.

European night of researchers is the largest research communication and promotion event taking place in the EU Member States and Horizon Europe Associated Countries.

Initiations researchers in school aims to strengthen the link between research and education by bringing researchers into schools and other teaching and learning centres to encourage interaction with students at all levels of primary and secondary education. Researchers and students will come together to discuss the current and future challenges facing our societies and the crucial role of research in this context. Students will get first-hand experience of research projects and activities addressing EU priorities and main orientations.

Announcement of open call: 20.th of june 2023

Deadline for application: 25.th of october 2023

Link to open call

Call for Citizen Science Ambassadors - (deadline: 29. 6. 2023)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

The “Call for Citizen Science Ambassadors by the ECS project” is an initiative by the European Citizen Science (ECS) project, conducted under the leadership of the European Citizen Science Association (ECSA) in collaboration with various universities and institutions. This call is focused on establishing a network of 28 Citizen Science Ambassadors across Europe. These ambassadors will be instrumental in fostering community building and engagement at both national and local levels, and they will represent the European Citizen Science platform in their respective regions. (http://eu-citizen.science).

ECS Ambassadors will act as local advocates and representatives for the European Citizen Science (ECS) project in each country. Their responsibilities include promoting the eu-citizen.science platform at a national level, disseminating its content through national initiatives and resources, and supporting community building. They will organize engagement activities at both national and local levels and facilitate the participation of ECS affiliates in various events. These ambassadors will also disseminate information about ECS activities, events, and news through their networks, and advocate for citizen science among key stakeholders, including policy makers and representatives at both government and local levels. Their role extends to promoting citizen science within research organizations and academia and monitoring the status of citizen science in each country, including developments and funding programs. Additionally, they will encourage national participation in the development of national/regional citizen science network platforms, leveraging the connection between national citizen science infrastructures and the eu-citizen.science platform.

The ECS Consortium will provide comprehensive support and benefits to the CS Ambassadors, including materials, information, training, communication support from ECSA, learning and networking opportunities, promotion through various channels like blogs, news, and social media, and opportunities for presentations at ECS public events. Ambassadors will gain insights from the ECS project and participate in ECS activities. They will also receive a sum of €2,000 for their contributions.

Ideal candidates should have experience in citizen science, particularly in areas like participatory research, transdisciplinary or action research, research policy (with a focus on open science or RRI), public engagement, science communication, involvement in community or voluntary activities, Fab Labs, science workshops, makerspaces, open science, and advocacy.

Candidates should be well-informed about the current state of citizen science in their country, including key players and organizations, and have methods to strengthen citizen science. They should be established in the citizen science field or have access to professional networks and relevant actors like working groups, advisory boards, and professional associations. A strong interest in advancing citizen science in Europe and proactive engagement in the ambassador network are essential. Proficiency in English for effective communication with the ECS consortium is also required.

Applications will be assessed by at least two reviewers from the ECS Board based on the following criteria:

  • experience in citizen science and related fields (20 out of 75 points),
  • an assessment of the state and challenges of citizen science in the country (15 out of 75 points) points out of 75 points),
  • ideas for strengthening citizen science in the country as an ambassador, implementation and impact (20 out of 75 points),
  • access to networks and communication channels, and ideas for cooperation and networking with relevant stakeholders (20 out of 75 points)

Ambassadors will be able to serve from September 2023 for a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years (until June 2026)

Announcement of open call: 25.th of may 2023

Deadline for application: 29.th of june 2023 do 17:00

Link to open call

IMPETUS accelerator call 2023 - (deadline: 13. 3. 2023)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

IMPETUS is a project under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme, dedicated to enhancing the citizen science ecosystem throughout Europe and developing pathways that contribute to sustainable development in both local and national contexts. This project has two primary objectives: firstly, to provide financial incentives for citizen science projects, and secondly, to evaluate and award the most outstanding citizen science projects in Europe.

On January 10, 2023, IMPETUS launched its inaugural call for support, named the IMPETUS Accelerator Call 2023. This call is open to individuals, organizations, or consortia from countries or regions eligible to participate in Horizon Europe calls. The objective of this call is to fund projects for a six-month period, spanning from July to December 2023. It is anticipated that 30 new projects will receive funding of €20,000 each, and 5 existing projects will be funded at €10,000 each.

Announcement of open call: 10.th of january 2023

Deadline for application: 13.th of march 2023 till 12:00

Link to open call

Laying the groundwork towards Europe - wide citizen science campaigns - (deadline: 9. 3. 2023)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

The open call is funded by the Horizon Europe Framework Programme (HORIZON), sub-programme Enhancing the European R&I system (HORIZON-WIDERA-2023-ERA-01).

The projects receiving funding through the call are expected to contribute to the following outcomes:

  • Identifying citizen science initiatives and improving their effectiveness by extending them to the ERA (European Research Area);
  • Building broad social coalitions/networks of actors organised around citizen science initiatives;
  • Protocols and working methods for using open international data repositories and infrastructures;
  • Proposals and commitments to mobilise different sources of funding to ensure the sustainability of citizen science initiatives.

Expected medium- and long-term impacts:

  • Enhanced engagement with all stakeholders, including citizens, at all stages of research and innovation, ensuring more responsible research and innovation;
  • Greater coordination of ERA countries’ citizen science efforts;
  • Building an international citizen science community;

Contributing to the EU’s Horizon Europe mission:

  • Increased public trust and understanding of science.

Announcement of open call: 6.th of december 2022

Deadline for application: 9.th of march 2023 til 17:00 under brusels time

Link to open call

Open call for the RadoNorm citizen science projects - (deadline: 17. 2. 2023)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

RadoNorm aims to support citizen science initiatives related to radon testing or radon mitigation in areas where higher levels of radon are detected in the environment. RadoNorm is looking for partnerships with:

  • initiating citizen science projects to study radon in the environment, seeking support for sustainable development,
  • with communities interested in contributing to radon research,
  • with organisations, in both the public and private sectors, that are exploring the application of citizen science to radon measurements and/or remediation of radon-induced environmental degradation

RadoNorm will subcontract the implementation of citizen surveys related to radon mitigation for a period of six months. Applicants will have the opportunity to co-design and test the toolkit.

Announcement of open call: 7.th of november 2022

Deadline for application: 17.th of february 2023

Link to open call

Opportunity for young people from Slovenia and the EU to participate in the Euro-Mediterranean University Innovation Camp for Young People programme - EMUNI - (deadline: 15. 2. 2023)

DESCRIPTION OF OPEN CALL

We are excited to announce a new initiative by the Euro-Mediterranean University – EMUNI, called the Euro-Mediterranean Innovation Camp and Competition for Young People, commencing in 2023. This program is designed to encourage innovation and creativity among young individuals aged 18 to 35. It targets a diverse group including students, researchers, innovators, and young entrepreneurs with business ideas, all from the Euro-Mediterranean region. The competition offers these young innovators a platform to showcase their inventive ideas, further develop them, and integrate them into the economy. This will be facilitated through collaboration with Slovenian innovation incubators, research institutions, and companies. Additionally, the program will feature a significant media component, aiming to popularize innovation in the region, particularly among the youth.

For participating in competition people can apply:

  • Young people aged between 18 and 35 (at the time of application).
  • Residents of a Euro-Mediterranean country.
  • Completion of at least upper-secondary education.
  • Students enrolled in primary or secondary higher education.
  • With an innovative idea that can be brought to market.
  • The idea must be the intellectual property of the individual applying or the individual must have the consent of the co-owners to present and further develop the idea.
  • The idea can be transformed into a working prototype within three months.
  • The idea addresses one of three priority areas (health, renewable energy, environment, including climate change).

Considering the organizers’ aim to ensure equitable participation from young people across the Euro-Mediterranean area, and recognizing that the competition presents a valuable opportunity to enhance innovation and creative skills among potential Slovenian participants, we kindly request you to disseminate information about this participation opportunity within your institutions, organizations, and partner networks.

Announcement of open call: 25.th of january 2023

Deadline for application: 15.th of february 2023

Link to open call

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