Research projects to support cooperation between science, schools and society

Kinder springen hoch und halten Bleistift aus Karton © OeAD/Gianmaria Gava

The Public Science department manages two funding measures of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) 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 Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) has funded 260 research projects (as at December 2016) since 2007 in which scientists work side by side with pupils. Approximately 180 research institutions have worked on scientific questions together with 78,000 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 29.2 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 Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW), 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. Twelve Top Citizen Science projects have been supported by approximately 600,000 euros so far, of which seven Sparkling Science projects with approximately 350,000 euros. The second call for applications is open until January 16th, 2017.

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