ınnOscı Open Data Impact Award

Innovative ideas developed from Open Data and with the participation of science, business, administration and citizens - for us, this is where the potential for a sustainable society lies. We think this is excellent and worthy of recognition, which is why we created the Open Data Impact Award.


Open Data is on everyone’s lips, but not yet lived out everywhere in the everyday life of science. However, the subsequent use of collected data has advantages for everyone: both science benefits when data sets and experiments can be reviewed and further developed by other researchers, and society as a whole when innovations arise from existing data. To make these data treasures available and to enable subsequent use, scientists must actively disclose their data.



We promote Open Science and Open Data in science and society through a prize that gives Open Data more visibility. Through the prize money and attention, we create incentives both for scientists to make their data available for open use and for downstream users to further develop this data in innovative ways. In this way, we identify innovation potentials that enable added value for society from Open Data and make these approaches attractive for everyone.


In the current academic system, scientists often lack incentives, infrastructure and resources to make their data accessible in such a way that a scientific and non-scientific reuse is possible or facilitated. This is where the Open Data Impact Award comes in. We honor researchers who make their data openly available for reuse, thereby unlocking the innovative potential of their research.


The target groups are researchers or research teams, institutions, start-ups, civil society projects, individuals, cultural workers.


With a total prize money of €30,000, prizes will be awarded both for the provision of research data with potential for innovative re-use and for the innovative re-use of research data in business, culture, civil society and journalism.

Award ceremony 2020

The virtual award ceremony of the Open Data Impact Awards took place on 07 October 2020 as part of the University:Future Festival. The three award winners presented themselves and their research to the public and showed how open research data can benefit everyone.

Watch the recording of the award ceremony here:

New in the Think & Do Podcast

The 19th episode of the Stifterverband podcast is dedicated to the topic of Open Data and makes clear why it is so important for science and research. Marte Kessler from innOsci, the Forum for Open Innovation Culture, sheds light on the background. This year, the Stifterverband presented the Open Data Impact Award for the first time. In an interview with Lukas Grasberger, award winner Michael Schmitt explains his research and how the award helps him in his research.