IMPETUS 1st Open Call closed on March 13 at 23:59 CET.

Thanks for your genuine interest and your applications. We are now entering the review process, and we’ll keep you informed.

Are you a Citizen Science project?


IMPETUS wants to hear from you!

In a Nutshell

IMPETUS 1st Open Call is a two-way call:

The Accelerator Programme

and the

European Union Prize for citizen science.

Let’s start with the Accelerator Programme.

It has two grants:

  • Kickstarting grants: If you start a project, successful applicants will receive €20,000, mentoring and training support to help start your initiative for a period of six months.
  •  Sustaining grants: If you are an ongoing project, successful applicants will receive €10,000, mentoring and training support for a period of six months.

The challenges or topics of this first call are “Healthy planet” and “Cities for life”. This means that your project should address and relate to one of these topics.

Who can apply? Individuals, legal entities, and consortia established in a country or territory eligible to receive Horizon Europe grants are eligible to apply. Please note that the geographic eligibility focuses on the European Research Area (ERA), namely the EU Member States, all overseas countries and territories linked to EU Member States and all third countries having concluded or currently negotiating an association status with Horizon Europe.

The funding can be spent on salaries, equipment, consumables, travel, and subcontracting in accordance with Horizon Europe guidelines.

This is a great chance if you are:
  • thinking of starting a new citizen science project;
  • an ongoing citizen science project looking for support, financial and otherwise, to grow and become sustainable;
  • a researcher or a research team seeking to resource a new citizen science project;
  • a community interested in co-designing research on the topics related to our challenges: Healthy Planet and Cities for Life
  • an organisation in public, private and third sectors exploring the use of citizen science in their work.

Get in touch if you have any doubts:

The European Union Prize for citizen science.

The second part of this call will recognize outstanding citizen science initiatives, with one €60,000 Grand Prize and a Diversity & Collaboration and Digital Communities awards with €20,000 each, plus 27 honorary mentions to boost recognition. Here you will find all the information about how to apply for the prizes:

European Union Prize for citizen science

Our understanding of citizen science is inclusive. We are seeking to fund projects that can make a difference on a local, national or international scale.
We are particularly interested in applications that propose novel, less explored participatory roles for citizens and other key stakeholders and that engage with marginalised, underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
Step 1: Read the Guide for Applicants, the description of the two challenges: Healthy Planet and Cities for Life and the FAQ. You can download them as well. Step 2: Read the applications forms and the declaration of honour. You can download them as well. Step 3: Create an account on the online submission platform Step 4: Begin your application Step 5: Make sure you answer all the questions and provide the requested information Step 6: Submit your application before the deadline 13 March 12:00 noon CET, 2023!
Call opens: 10th January 2023, 12:00 pm (noon) CET
Call closes: 13th March 2023, 12:00 pm (noon) CET


Click here to find our guide for applicants


Click here to find the answers to frequently asked questions


Click here to access

Watch the recordings of the two explanatory Webinars, explaining our 1st Open Call step-by-step last January 24th and February 14th.

Answer the questions below to see if you can apply and for which grant/prize you could be eligible for?


Or click the button below to view the full flow chart:

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