Top Citizen Science
The funding initiative Top Citizen Science is supported by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the OeAD. TCS funds expansion projects according to the goals of citizen science and open innovation. In this way excellent research can be done with the help of citizens and persons with special expertise – the so-called knowledge communities. Projects are supported with up to € 50,000 per application; € 250,000 are available for projects of the Austrian Science Fund und € 250,000 for Sparkling Science projects.
Two international committees consisting of experienced scientists in the area of citizen science support Top Citizen Science regarding quality assurance and funding decisions: the advisory board and expert panel.
So far 12 projects could be funded. The funding decisions of the 2nd call will be announced in May. The third call should take place in the end of 2017.