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Citizen Science Zurich

Seed Grants

Do you have a Citizen Science project idea and need financial support? Apply for a Seed Grant!

Once a year we award Seed Grants for the development or  implementation of participatory Citizen Science projects. Teams of academic researchers and citizens can apply for up to 40'000 CHF.

With the Seed Grants, we want to create incentives for participatory research. Teams of academic researchers from University of Zurich or ETH Zurich and citizens are thus given the opportunity to jointly develop or implement participatory pilot projects. Priority is given to project applications that, in addition to the prospect of excellent research, show a societal need as well as a high degree of participation in as many phases of the research process as possible.

Frequently asked questions are listed under FAQs

  • Seed Grant project: Long Covid Citizen Science Board

Seed Grant Call 2024

The Seed Grant application period has been closed since 3 March, 2024. We would like to thank you for all the projects submitted, which will now be carefully examined by the selection committee. We will communicate the final decision in May.

Timeline Seed Grants

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Application material

Here are all the documents you need for the preparation and submission of your submission. The budget template serves as an example. You can also use a different budget plan.

Seed Grants Call (PDF, 105 KB)

Seed Grants Project Proposal (DOCX, 157 KB)

Budget Template Example (XLSX, 13 KB)

Information event (January 2024) (PDF, 1 MB)

Your application

We ask you to use the application form provided above and upload it in the application tool, together with

  • a budget plan (does not necessarily have to be the template above)
  • CVs of main applicants (researcher and citizen)

Please note that your application cannot be saved in the application tool and cannot be submitted more than once. Please have the above-mentioned documents and information at hand when starting your application. If you have questions, feel free to contact Olivia Höhener.

Weiterführende Informationen

Contact & FAQs

For questions about the Seed Grants, please contact Olivia Höhener

And take a look at the frequently asked questions.

Research Process

How do the different phases of the research process look like? Have a look at our visualization.


The flyer for the Seed Grants call 2024 can be downloaded here. You are also welcome to share the flyer in your networks.

Previous Seed Grant projects

More about Previous Seed Grant projects

Curious to find out how the projects look like that we supported in previous years through our Seed Grants? You find all Seed Grant projects - and many more - on our project page.

Mercator Foundation Switzerland

More about Mercator Foundation Switzerland

The Seed Grants are made possible by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.