The Center for Citizen Science of the OeAD was established in June 2015 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. It serves as an information, advisory and service center for Citizen Science. With it, the OeAD primarily addresses researchers and scientific institutions with the aim of promoting the Citizen Science research approach in Austria. Current Initiatives are for example the "Citizen Science Award" or the "Network of Citizen Science contact persons at research institutions". Every year, the OeAD Centre for Citizen Science organises the "Citizen Science Award" research competition to get interested people excited about science and to encourage them to participate in research in various citizen science projects. At the end, cash and non-cash prizes await the winners. The "Network of Citizen Science contact persons at research institutions" are contact points acting as an internal and external interface between the research institution, OeAD staff and the general public. They inform and connect those interested in Citizen Science.