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Resources for Biomedical Citizen Science Research

NIH has many programs that support biomedical citizen science projects.  Below you can find links to resources for researchers and the public to learn more about conducting or participating in citizen science activities. Learn more about programs at the NIH that support biomedical citizen science. is the official government website designed to accelerate the use of crowdsourcing and citizen science across the federal government. The site includes a catalog of federally supported citizen science projects as well as a toolkit to assist federal employees with project design and maintenance.

Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Community

The Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science (FedCCS) works across the government to share information and best practices for designing, implementing, and evaluating crowdsourcing and citizen science initiatives. The FedCCS seeks to expand and improve federal use of crowdsourcing, citizen science, and similar public participation techniques for the purpose of enhancing agency mission, scientific, and societal outcomes.

Implementation of Federal Prize Authority Report

Implementation of Federal Prize Authority is a comprehensive report on crowdsourcing and citizen science activities conducted by federal agencies.  It was prepared by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and presented to Congress in fulfillment of requirements from the Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Act of 2017.

Open Innovation at the Department of Health and Human Services

Open Innovation at the HHS provides HHS with the tools and knowledge to engage problem solvers in various opportunities.  Using methods such as prize competitions, hackathons, crowdsourcing, accelerators, and citizen science; open innovation helps to accelerate the pace of research, build new products, and equip innovations to solve challenges.

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