The Volvox project was funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme. It was a response to the EC call: FP6-2003-Science and Society-5. The official title is: 'Co-ordinated internet-linked networks for promoting innovation, exchanging knowledge and encouraging good practice to enhance bioscience education in European schools.'

The Volvox partners are subcontracted to the European Space Agency under this Call. One of the main outcomes of the ESTI project, which is co-ordinated by the ESA, is the science teachers' journal, Science in School.