Science crowdfunding still in the news four years on

Science crowdfunding still in the news four years on

The SciFund Challenge is namechecked in this recent article about science crowdfunding in The Guardian:

Many crowdfunding websites are cautious about revealing exactly how much money has been raised for science, but SciFund Challenge has allowed nearly 200 researchers to raise an average of $2,000 (£1,272) for 159 different projects. In the UK, crowdfunding is common in the arts and community project fields, but not in basic medical research.

There are a few things that are noteworthy about the article. First, science crowdfunding is still newsworthy, over four years after the first round of the #SciFund Challenge. Second, people are still trying science crowdfunding, even though there were many people who thought science crowdfunding was a bad idea even in that first round of #SciFund. Third, there is still this persistent criticism that people will use crowdfunding to scam people into bad science. The recent kerfuffle over the Triton Gills scam suggests this may not be the case. As Andrew Thaler wrote:

I’d argue that crowdfunding does more to expose scams than promote. Con jobs thrive when they can control exposure.

IndieGoGo pulled the plug on the Triton campaign and refunded supporters.