Call for proposals Capacities - FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2008-3 FP7 Closed!


The objetive of ‘Capacities’ Specific Programme in this area is to contribute to the Lisbon agenda by increasing the number of young people from all backgrounds entering careers in science, research and technology; and, by raising the general level of scientific literacy to increase awareness of the societal impact of science.


ACTIVITY 5.2.2 Young People and Science
Area Supporting formal and informal science education in schools as well as through science centres and museums and other relevant means

SIS-2008- Innovative methods in science education
Falling interest in key science topics and mathematics has been linked to the way they are taught from the earliest age (see for example the report "Europe needs more scientists", published by the European Commission in 2004). Therefore, greater emphasis needs to be placed on the development of more effective forms of pedagogy; on the development of analytical skills, and on techniques for stimulating intrinsic motivation for learning science.
This topic will support actions to promote the more widespread use of problem and inquiry-based science teaching techniques in primary and secondary schools as well as actions to bridge the gap between the science education research community, science teachers and local actors in order to facilitate the uptake of inquiry-based science teaching. The actions are intended to complement school science curricula and must include teacher training activities. In addition, the consortia must be open to the participation of entities seeking to gain experience in problem based and inquiry based science education techniques.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 4,78 Million EUR (Annual budget for 2008)

All the important deadlines

  • 24 July 2008 - 12 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Useful documents

  • Capacities - FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2008-3 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Research

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