Science is getting in on the crowdfunding trend in a big way. Over the past few years, organizations like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have revolutionized the fundraising process for small businesses and entrepreneurs by bypassing traditional funders. Instead, these online platforms allow individuals or organizations to pitch their project directly to the people. A successful project gets funded by a pool of contributors who deem the project to be worthy of investment.
Now, with federal budgets getting slashed and science funding harder to come by, a number of science-based crowdfunding platforms are making a name for themselves. Listed below is a collection of such crowdfunding services. So, whether you are a scientist looking for research funding or a science enthusiast wanting to contribute to discovery, exploration, and education, you should check out some of these great services:
For more on crowdfunding science, check out this Nature.com blog.