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The H2020 ORION project has opened a call for grant proposals on citizen science to support research activities in life sciences and biomedicine that enable scientists and citizens to work together with the ultimate goal to generate new scientific knowledge, using collectively their expertise, skills, technology, curiosity and motivation.

The “ORION Citizen Science Call” aims to support research projects that enable scientists and citizens to work together with the ultimate goals to 1) generate new scientific knowledge and 2) create bridges and new collaborative opportunities between citizens and scientists. Citizens participate on the basis of their skills, expertise, resources and curiosity. Learning mechanisms and validation systems shall be considered in the project not to compromise research integrity, quality and excellence.

Rules for application

The call is open to researchers working at the four research institutes that participate to the ORION project, namely the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), CEITEC, the Babraham Institute (BI) and the Max-Delbrück-Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz-Association (MDC). Researchers should be hired by the institutions for the full duration of the project. Projects need to be supported by a Principal Investigator, but they can be run by researchers at different career stages with commitment until the end of the project. Projects shall be carried out in close collaboration with the Communication/Public Engagement department of the host research institute to facilitate effective outreach to society. The proposals need to engage citizens regardless of age, gender or social background, and can also involve individuals or societies with specialised knowledge or expertise.

Up to two projects will be selected (with a budget of maximum €50,000 each as direct costs). Indirect costs will follow EC regulations, and will be calculated as 25% of the direct costs.

Deadline and Submission

Please read carefully the Guidelines for Applicants before preparing your proposal, and then use this template.

The complete proposal should be saved as a single pdf-file (max. file size 8 MB), and submitted online. The submission portal will close on Monday 30th April 2018 at 15:00 Central European Time (CET).

We are looking forward to receiving your interesting Citizen Science proposals!