"Sparkling Science" was a research funding programme of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), coordinated by the OeAD, that offered pupils an insight into the world of science that is unique in Europe. 299 citizen science research projects were funded from 2007 to 2019.  

With the new edition of the research funding programme "Sparkling Science 2.0", the OeAD, on behalf of the BMBWF, will again focus on funding high-quality citizen science research projects in which scientific institutions cooperate with educational institutions and, if possible, partners from business and society. The 1st call for proposals has ended. The next call for applications is planned for 2023. 

Information about citizen science 



For an overview of key data of the “Sparkling Science” project (2007-2019) and a complete list of participating research institutions, schools and partners from business and society click here.

Comprehensive information about projects and offers related to cooperations between science and schools, as well as an overview of research partner schools that were distinguished by the BMBWF  can be found on the website of the OeAD Young Science centre




Young students visiting an exhibition

The Sparkling Science project „Stadt-Land-Kind" (2017-2019) © Kollektiv Fischka