European Union Prize for Citizen Science 2023 (€60,000 grand prize)

Deadline: 15th of March, 2023

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2023 European Union Prize for Citizen Science. The European Union Prize for Citizen Science honors exceptional contributions to knowledge expansion by empowering civil society in the creation of the future.

The Prize recognizes Citizen Science Initiatives in the European Research Area that improve social, cultural, environmental, educational, and political progress while bringing about change, advancing knowledge, and showcasing new Open Science procedures that reconsider conventional wisdom.


The European Union Prize for Citizen Science is awarded once a year and includes a Grand Prize, two
Category Awards and 27 Honorary Mentions.

  • Grand Prize: €60,000
  • Diversity & Collaboration Award: €20,000
  • Digital Communities Award: €20,000
  • Honorary Mentions: No cash prize


  • The competition is open to Citizen Science Initiatives in the European Research Area. This
    includes the European Union, all overseas countries and territories linked to EU member
    states (Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic
    Territories, Greenland, New Caledonia, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten,
    St Pierre and Miquelon), and all third countries associated to or currently negotiating an
    association agreement with Horizon Europe (for the 2023 iteration of the Prize: Albania,
    Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Moldova,
    Montenegro, Morocco, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United
  • The competition is open to applications from natural persons (such as individual
    researchers, creatives, artists, and other professionals), groups of natural persons, legal
    entities (such as associations, research and higher education institutions, public bodies,
    NGOs, companies, and other legally established organizations), and groups of legal entities
    (such as research consortia).
  • Community initiatives may be submitted only by an authorized representative. This may be
    an individual or an organization as specified above.
  • Initiatives must be at the time of submission either be ongoing, completed or far enough
    along in their design for the jury to be able to assess its quality and impact and the
    likelihood of it being successfully implemented. The same applies to collaborative
    arrangements – at the time they are submitted, they must already be up-and-running and in
    the implementation stage. No consideration will be given to entries that are purely concepts,
    ideas or proposals for collaboration. Entries must be no older than two years or, if
    completed more than two years ago, must still show a significant update or further
    development through active work within the last two years.
  • Initiatives that have received funding from Horizon Europe or other European Union funding
    schemes are eligible to receive the European Union Prize for Citizen Science.
  • Initiatives participating in the IMPETUS Accelerator Programme are eligible to receive the
    European Union Prize for Citizen Science if they fulfill the eligibility criteria.
  • Citizen Science Initiatives consisting of or benefitting entities subject to EU sanctions are not
    eligible to apply.


  • Applicants will need to provide the following material through the online submission platform provided
    by Ars Electronica.
  • Initiative metadata (title, start date (year), end date (if applicable), involved parties, links, etc.)
  • Video documentation or slideshow (approximately 3-5 minutes in length)
  • Images that document the progress and outcomes of the initiative (JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG) at
    the highest possible resolution; compressed files (such as .zip or .lzh files) are not accepted
  • A clear, detailed description of the concept, the form of interaction and practical
    implementation; aim or research question of the initiative; including an explanation of how
    the submission responds to the award criteria
  • A profile of the community of citizen scientists and their role in the initiative, including how
    they have been / are recruited
  • A statement on how the prize money will benefit the initiative or the community involved in
    the initiative in case the initiative wins
  • A printable portrait photo and a biography of the creator or creator group
  • The applicant has the option to submit additional material such as images, documents and
    drawings (as PNG or PDF) to support the communication of their initiative. Additional
    material will only be reviewed during the final jury selection process and will not be
    reviewed during the pre-selection process or initial review by the jury.
  • If your entry is awarded a Prize, your material will be used for the catalog and the IMPETUS
    and Ars Electronica websites or any communication purpose from the IMPETUS consortium
    members or the European Union, so they ask you to prepare your picture and text material
  • The applicants are asked not to physically submit irreplaceable originals, as the entered
    material cannot be returned

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Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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