Of 50 SciFund projects, ours was in the top 25% for total contributions. These gifts provide the means to purchase and maintain field equipment needed to complete 4 major research projects in 2012. These projects will (1) ...
Now, a project called the SciFund Challenge aims to endow “the crowd” with a new power: the power to fund scientific research. How is science traditionally funded? The National Science Foundation (NSF) is the federal ...
What does a scientist who can't raise his budget do? From now on, he can join the # SciFund project, which connects scientists with the public who can contribute to promote his research. "Some support comes from family, but some also comes from strangers" says a PhD student at the University of Tel Aviv about his biology project.
Scientists should communicate with the public about their research. We've been hearing variations on that for years, but a recent decision by a group of scientists to use crowdfunding to ask for research dollars directly from the public has revisited this notion in a new way. I'm excited to be a part of it.
"Why is it a good idea for the public to do essentially what it already does - that is, support scientific research? The answer lies in the way it is funded. Crowdfunding relies on a lot of people making a small donation. All these donations add up to a bigger chunk of money that can support a project. It's like paying a little more in taxes, but getting to choose what your money is spent on. With crowdfunding, people choose to support the science that excites them. It gets them engaged in the act of discovery. They are buying into the research. Literally. Most crowdfunded projects offer rewards to the funders -- from a thank-you card to blog updates about the project, these rewards will keep the scientists meaningfully and directly engaged with the people who make their research possible."
Scientists are trying out a new funding model for their projects: pitching them to the public. Crowdsourced funding through the RocketHub website is funding 49 projects from animal behavior to climate change and political mathematics.
The original #SciFund Challenge provided the STEMulate Learning project with equipment that is currently supporting the World Community Grid (WCG), working on globally impacting issues such as disease treatments, fresh water resources, and clean energy technologies. This project aims to obtain an open-source community-developed 3D printer called a “Thing-o-Matic” for use in workshops, allowing young learners to go beyond merely drawing out their ideas – but to create them as actual objects! 3D printers transform designs in a computer into physical form that learners can take home, show off, and use to investigate what comes next based on their dreams and fanciful ideas.
We need your support to obtaining this do-it-yourself mechanism to be paired with the computer built from the #SciFund support. Tell your friends, and stop by the next phase of this exciting learning effort supported by individuals interested in guiding innovators of the future towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)!
Zen Faulkes When was the last time you were away from a city, a highway, or other trappings of human civilization? If you haven’t been lucky enough to do that lately, one of the best things about it is to just listen.
מדענים צריכים לחקור. על כך אין הרבה ויכוח. אבל מעט מאד אנשים - לפחות מחוץ לקהילה המדעית - מודעים לכך שמדענים צריכים גם לדבר, והרבה. חוקר באוניברסיטה מבלה כמה שבועות בשנה כשהוא נודד מכנס מדעי אחד למשנהו ומדווח על התוצאות שהשיג במחקריו.
The Problem – The use of non-renewable fuels is the cause of a number of geopolitical and environmental problems. In the United States, ethanol produced from corn (maize) has been promoted as an alternative fuel that can ease the demand for...