Call for Open Science Awards

Key dates

  • Award ceremony:
    1 September 2022

This call is closed.

The entire Collection of 12 Open Science Use Cases on societal engagement can be downloaded here:

Five Use Cases received an Open Science Award

On September 1st, minister of Education, Culture and Science Robbert Dijkgraaf handed over Open Science Awards to the five most inspiring Use Cases from the collection, at this years’ National Open Science Festival. The following Use Cases received an award and a prize of 250 euros:

  • Introducing CREA: an Open Science Approach for Building Community-Driven Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • A qualitative and quantitative study of self-reported positive characteristics of individuals with ADHD;
  • The Historical Database of Suriname and Curaçao Foundation;
  • See and hear the client;
  • YoungXperts: Making behavioural and neuro-science of value for adolescents and young adults.

=== original call ===


The 2022 Open Science Awards focus on societal engagement. Do you have an example of how you have engaged with society and/or societal partners as part of your research process(es) that you want to share to inspire others?

The top five use cases will each receive a prize of €250, and an award that will be handed over at the Open Science Festival in Amsterdam on 1 September 2022. 

The Open Science Awards recognise and reward researchers or research students who have used Open Science to make their research more accessible, transparent or reproducible. This year the focus is on Societal Engagement, one of the key pillars of Open Science. The call is open to all researchers and PhD students from Dutch universities/ universities of applied sciences and research institutes. 

As defined in the UNESCO Recommendations for Open Science, societal engagement and the engagement of societal actors refers to “extended collaboration between scientists and societal actors beyond the scientific community, by opening up practices and tools that are part of the research cycle and by making the scientific process more inclusive and accessible to the broader inquiring society based on new forms of collaboration and work such as crowdfunding, crowdsourcing and scientific volunteering.”

Methods for achieving societal engagement can include:

  • citizen and community involvement in the generation of knowledge;  
  • dialogue between scientists, policymakers and practitioners, entrepreneurs and community members during the research process such that they can voice their concerns, needs and aspirations;
  • citizen science and the co-creative participation of citizens or societal partners at any stage of the research process;
  • inclusion of other knowledge systems, lay knowledge or traditional knowledge within the research process.

Application is by means of a case study describing the way in which you engaged with society or societal partners during your research. We encourage the submission of case studies that explore the challenges and difficulties as well as those that celebrate positive experiences and successful outcomes. We are looking for inspiring accounts of researchers’ motivations for including society and/or societal partners as part of the research process, which offer reasoned assessments of the pros and cons of doing so, and are honest about where things didn’t work or could have been done differently.

The Open Science Festival programme committee will rank the submissions and the top five use cases will each receive a prize of €250. The awards will be handed over to the winners at the Open Science Festival in Amsterdam 1 September 2022. 

Applicants can also look at the Open Science Use Cases from edition #OSF2021NL or the Reading University Open Research Award Use Cases resulting from a similar call for case studies -although with a focus on overall Open Science Practices- which inspired us to do the same.