1st call for proposals

What will "Sparkling Science 2.0" fund?


Funding is provided for the implementation of high-quality research projects in which research and educational institutions and, as far as possible, partners from business and society work together. The funded Citizen Science projects must fulfil the following requirements:

  • They comply with recognised scientific standards and are also expected to produce new findings in the relevant research fields.
  • The content and methods of the projects are designed in such a way that pupils and, if applicable, other citizen scientists can contribute significantly and comprehensibly to achieving the research goals.
  • A funding condition is the introduction of joint activities that can be continued by the participating research and educational institutions for at least two years beyond the duration of the funded projects and without further approval of financial resources at an affordable cost.
  • Developed teaching and learning materials must be digitally archived and published after the end of the project (e.g. on www.eduthek.at) so that they can be used after the project ends.

Priority areas


Additional funding is available for two thematic areas:

  • "Development of Citizen Science know-how through International Networking": Projects that cooperate with international, thematically appropriate Citizen Science projects or international research partners in order to build up know-how in the Citizen Science area can exceed the maximum funding amount by up to 10%.
  • "Science in Schools": Projects with special measures to promote the participation of schools from peripheral regions or schools in Austria that have not yet been reached or have hardly been reached with Citizen Science activities, or projects that additionally involve universities of education as cooperation partners in order to jointly support schools in advancing the autonomous school focus in the field of science within the framework of the project, can also exceed the maximum funding amounts by up to 10%.

Eligible applicants


  • Universities pursuant to the Universities Act 2002, private universities pursuant to the Private Universities Act BGBl. I No. 77/2020, non-university research institutions
  • Legal entities established by the Federal Government as providers of University of Applied Sciences degree programmes and Universities of Applied Sciences
  • Universities of education within the scope of their partial legal capacity pursuant to § 3 para 1 no 2 of the Higher Education Act 2005, Federal Law Gazette I No 30/2006 as amended by Federal Law Gazette BGBL. I No. 19/2021
  • Non-profit associations, “Gesellschaften-mbH” or NGOs that pursue a scientific purpose and cooperate with universities, universities of applied sciences or non-university research institutions within the framework of the funded projects.

Funding amounts


  • Max. 350,000 euros
  • It is possible to exceed the maximum funding amounts by up to 10% in each case for projects that involve the "development of citizen science know-how through international networking" or the promotion of "science in schools". Projects that meet one of the criteria receive a max. funding amount of 385,000 euros; projects that meet both criteria receive a max. funding amount of 420,000 euros.
  • Reasonable own contribution: at least 10% of the project sum
  • Duration of funding: max. 3 years



Please find further information in the special guideline (only in German):"Sonderrichtlinie Sparkling Science 2.0" and at www.sparklingscience.at


Start and deadline of call for proposals


  • 1 September - 9 November 2021

Information event for applicants


  • 2 September 2021, 13:00 to 15:00

Register HERE

Q&A sessions for applicants


  • Q&A-Session 1: 9 September 2021, 10:00 to 12:00, Registration
  • Q&A-Session 2: 23 September 2021, 10:00 to 11:00, Registration
  • Q&A-Session 3: 14 Oktober 2021, 10:00 to 11:00, Registration

Earliest start of projects


  • School year 2022/2023


For questions on submissions

DI Marika Cieslinski
+43 1 53408-437

Mag. Melanie Mayrhofer
+43 1 53408-432

For general enquiries

Mag. Petra Siegele