The popularity of citizen science is growing worldwide, not only on the part of research, but also on the part of society. Austria also contributes to the dissemination of the concept with the first citizen science initiative in Europe. Top Citizen Science was initiated in 2015 by the Ministry of Science, Research and Economy, the Austrian Science Fund FWF und the OeAD. It funds excellent research projects, which open up to the participation of citizens.
Since 2015 more than 7,000 children, youngsters and adults have participated in various scientific projects in the science competition "Citizen Science Award“. Participants help to answer scientific questions and support researchers in their daily work. The most committed citizen scientists can win money and material prizes.