The Scifund initiative has reached its final phase. Now all the projects are publicly visible online on RocketHub.
I am surprised to see how many projects have been presented! The crowd-funding seems to be a good idea to make science, specially in these times of crisis. I will keep it in mind for when I will finish my PhD and start looking for a post-doc. If I won’t find any position soon, it seems to be a good way to obtain funding for a short research project, and survive a bit more :-).
The blog of the initiative is very interesting. Here are some of my favorite posts so far:
- the story of a successful case of crowdfunding for a research project
- metaphors in science: how to use metaphors to describe complex scientific things to common people. For example, an electrophoresis can be explained as a thin forest that small and big animals have to cross.
And some projects I find interesting:
A project to investigate the diversity of a rare plant in South Africa. If you contribute 10,000 $ to the project, the researcher will name a new species of this plant in your honour. I wonder if someone will contribute that!
Beethoven’s open research repository
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