The Horizon IMPETUS project is proving as of today an excellent opportunity for the citizen science community. On the 10th of January 2023, at 12:00 CET, the 1st IMPETUS Open Call is being launched. IMPETUS is a Citizen Science project that supports citizen science by enabling a wider range of citizen science initiatives (CSIs) to access innovative funding. It aims to bring CS closer to society and policymakers and to acknowledge its role in tackling the greatest challenges of our times. Strong focus is placed on enhancing its contributions to the Green Deal and the UN SDGs.

In a nutshell, it is a two-way call: on one track, new and ongoing citizen science initiatives will be examined; on the other, the European Union Prize for Citizen Science will look for outstanding citizen science projects.

IMPETUS will provide the selected proposals with financial, mentoring, and training support. A kickstarting grant will give €20K to new projects and a sustaining grant of €10K to ongoing ones. IMPETUS will also look for outstanding citizen science projects and give them recognition through the European Prize for Citizen Science: three prizes plus honorary mentions. One Grand Prize of €60K, a Diversity and Collaboration Award of €20K, and a Digital Communities Award of €20K.

All the details, FAQs, forms, and application information are now available as of 10 January at 12:00 noon CET on

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