A new Horizon Europe project that will support and give recognition to citizen science (CS) in Europe: the IMPETUS project.

Through an energetic approach, the project team will organise 3 Open Calls that will support new and ongoing citizen science initiatives (CSI). The Open Calls will be partially defined by the project team and will have a strong link with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Green Deal, but they will be also co-designed with the help of a citizen panel that will support the project also in other tasks.

Another highlight of IMPETUS approach is the setting up of an accelerator, that will provide the funded CSIs with an integrated programme of support, training, mentoring, and resources. The accelerator will facilitate peer learning, enable CSIs to contribute to SDG and GD targets and forge connections with quadruple helix stakeholders.

Besides the Open Calls, IMPETUS will also launch the EU Prize for Citizen Science. It will have 3 prize categories for 3 years: outstanding achievements, diversity and innovative grassroots projects.

Within this supportive landscape, IMPETUS aims to shaping EU policy in and with CS, through horizon scanning, anticipatory policy and action research, informing policy briefs, webinars and workshops with key policy stakeholders.