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

Last Updated on January 11, 2023

European Union Prize

The European Union Prize for Citizen Science recognizes outstanding achievements in the advancement of knowledge through the empowerment of civil society in the development of the future.

The Prize honors Citizen Science Initiatives in the European Research Area that enact change, expand knowledge, and demonstrate innovative Open Science processes that rethink existing practices while addressing social, cultural, environmental, educational, and political advancement.


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 Kingdom).
  • 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 carefully
  • The applicants are asked not to physically submit irreplaceable originals, as the entered material cannot be returned

Click here to apply

For more information, visit European Union Prize.

Deadline: March 13, 2023

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