[CALL] Top Citizen Science (TCS)


Deadline: 2018-01-15

for the expansion of FWF funded research- projects or OeAD funded Sparkling Science projects

Target Group

The call is open to all researchers currently leading an FWF-funded project or an OeAD-funded Sparkling Science project. The expansion projects are to address all people regardless of age, gender or social background as well as people with highly specialised knowledge or specialist expertise ("knowledge communities"). Projects that target young people are explicitly encouraged; for proposals based on Sparkling Science projects, the involvement of youths is a requirement for funding.


The initiative is designed to support research activities that enable citizens to contribute to generating substantial additional research results and insights on the basis of their abilities, expertise, curiosity and willingness to participate – without sacrificing the excellence of the research work.


The quality of the research underlying each expansion project is to be ensured by the project on which it is based ("main project"). This project must be either an FWF-funded project or an OeAD-funded Sparkling Science project which will not yet be completed when the funding decision is issued (May 2018), meaning that the end date scheduled for the main project must be June 30, 2018 or later. Proposals for expansion projects are to be submitted to the institution that approved the main project (FWF or OeAD).


TCS projects are to last no longer than two years. Projects may be extended as long as no additional costs are incurred.

Grant Amounts

The maximum amount of funding is €50,000 per application.