Research projects to support cooperation between science, schools and society
The Public Science department manages two funding measures of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) in which schools and/or interested citizens cooperate with researchers. By participating in research projects interested people get the possibility to gain new knowledge, to support the work of researchers and to contribute to new scientific findings.
The research programme Sparkling Science
Within the framework of Sparkling Science the BMBWF has funded 299 research projects (as at January 2018) since 2007 in which scientists work side by side with pupils. Approximately 198 research institutions have worked on scientific questions together with 89,000 pupils within the research programme. Together they for example measure trees in Costa Rica’s rainforest, they experiment with mathematical algorithms or research the conditions for successful care in case of disease or people in need of care. So far more than 35.7 million euros have been spent on funding the programme – a worthwhile investment: The enthusiasm for research in children and youngsters is aroused and researchers gain innovative findings through the cooperation.
The funding initiative Top Citizen Science
The funding initiative Top Citizen Science, which is managed by the BMBWF, FWF and OeAD, invites Sparkling Science and FWF projects that have already been supported to submit extension projects in line with Citizen Science and Open Innovation. With their skills, expertise, curiosity and readiness to participate citizens are to contribute to new research results and findings. 24 Top Citizen Science projects have been supported by 1,2 million euros so far, of which twelve Sparkling Science projects with approximately 600,000 euros. The third call for applications ended on January 2018. All applications are currently in the appraisal phase. The first projects will start in summer.