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Do you want to contribute to a more Sustainable World by helping scientists?

We would like to share your ideas within the renewable energy community – all over the world! Enter our online call for participation!

Develop a practicable plan to connect the needs of citizens and researchers in the field of solar energy and win a prize of up to 1.700 Euros!

Registration deadline:

15th MAY 2019



Your challenge:

GRECO has gathered insights from 50 research teams on how citizens could help them to speed up renewably energy investigations. Now we challenge you to develop a proposal for the best way of getting citizens to connect with our researchers.

Let your imagination fly: Your proposal could be a game, a contest, a show. It could be a home-made device to record something, an app or pics

And then: what is your idea all about? How could GRECO help people to participate? Should we address all citizens or just a group of people for collaboration (i.e. schools, universities, solar energy electricity users, etc.)? What resources would we need? What timetable do you propose? What are the main tasks we should consider?

Naturally, you’re free to develop a plan for any other type of support you feel that researchers could get from citizens to help their research activity.

Put your thinking cap on, unlock your brainpower and draw on your experience! And lay out your proposal on two pages. Scientists of the pioneering research project GRECO will turn your ideas into real research.

To make it clear: This is not about stealing ideas. This is about involving citizens and their ideas to do science differently. Want to be part of it? Then go ahead!

You don’t have to be an expert in solar energy. All you need is a creative mind and a good plan.

The best proposal will be awarded a prize of up to 1.700 Euros in travel vouchers.

Two other proposals will be rewarded for creativity and the best team-building.

The winning proposals will be:

  • Showcased during the Award Ceremony in June 2019
  • Presented to the European Commission
  • Turned into reality from June to November 2019
  • Disseminated worldwide for use by citizens and the solar energy research community
  • Promoted by the GRECO partner networks and beyond


Our Selection Committee will choose the proposal with the highest evaluation score. Its authors will be awarded a total of 1.700 Euros per team for travelling. The award will offer one week’s travel to one of the following countries: Germany, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal or Brazil. If they wish, the winners will have the opportunity to visit the labs of the GRECO research partners and explore their research.

The Selection Committee will also reward two other proposals: The most creative and innovative content, and the best team-building initiative.

The Virtual Award Ceremony on June 14, 2019 will showcase the winning proposals. In parallel, they will be featured on the GRECO website, on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Selection process

The Selection Committee will assess the proposals. It is made up of expert members of the GRECO General Assembly and the Social Advisory Board representing academia, industry and civil society. The evaluation criteria will include solution to the challenge, creativity, overall replicability, methodology, feasibility, as well as clarity and visual aspects. The Selection Committee and the evaluation criteria are detailed in the regulatory basis (Fourth. Selection committee and Fifth. Evaluation criteria).

The organisers of the call for participation organisers and the Selection Committee reserve the right to disqualify any entries that they feel may breach any of the competition rules, the terms and conditions or may bring the competition into disrepute.


Online Registration

deadline: 15 May 2019 at 23:59 (CEST)

Online Opening ceremony

17 May 2019

Working phase

17- 24 May 2019

Proposal evaluations

27 May - 7 June 2019

Virtual Award Ceremony

14 June 2019

How to participate ?

1. Build a team

Build a team of two to five participants. If you do not have a team, you can join the call individually or try to join an existing group.

2. Read the regulatory basis of the call.

3. Register online

Register using this form. Include the name of all participants in your team.

4. Online Opening ceremony

Attend the opening ceremony on 17t May 2019.

5. Explore the materials

Explore the materials provided during the opening ceremony and the challenge

6. Write your working plan

Write a clear and feasible working plan to be applied to solar energy research. Include the methodology for developing it and a draft definition of the required tools.

7. Save your document

Save your document in an editable format (Word, PowerPoint, InDesign, Illustrator, etc) and export it as a PDF.

8. Name it

Save the documents under your lastname-firstname_editable/PDF.

9. Submit your documents

Submit your documents by 24 May 2019 23:59 (CEST, UTC+2) through the online submission form.

General rules

The competition is open to all those aged 18 or over.

A participant may only submit one proposal.

Submissions must not include any endorsements of products or services or any obscene, violent, racist, otherwise discriminatory or defamatory content. Incomplete entries or entries that do not comply with the formal specifications will be automatically disqualified.

Submissions may also not be accepted if the documents include information or images that are not free source or whose authors have not given explicit consent for this use.


If you have any questions about the call for participation, please send us an email at : including the word “call for participation” in the subject.

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