The Research

Several SciFund-associated scientists asked the question: what does it take to succeed in science crowdfunding? To find the answer, they designed a research project that supported - and collected data about - 183 science crowdfunding projects, which raised $307,000. The central finding of the research is simple: building a committed audience prior to crowdfunding is the key to effective fundraising. The research was published in the journal PLOS One and you can read the paper here.

The Video

We've created a 5-minute video that summarizes what we've learned from our crowdfunding research. What's the connection between science crowdfunding and science outreach? Watch the video and find out!

The secret to science crowdfunding is science outreach. But how do you get started with connecting people to your research? SciFund Challenge has got you covered. We have tons of science comunication-related resources available to you right now.

The Publications

Check out the papers

Sterrett, S.C., Maerz, J.C., Katz, R.A. (2015) What can turtles teach us about the theory of ecological stoichiometry? Freshwater Biology, 60(3): 443-455.

Lowder, L.G. & Herbert, S.K. (2014). Heterologous expression of a Volvox cell adhesion molecule causes flocculation in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Journal of Applied Phycology, DOI: 10.1007/s10811-014-0392-5.

Denton, R.D., Kenyon, L.J., Greenwald, K.R., Lisle Gibbs, H. (2014). Evolutionary basis of mitonuclear discordance between sister species of mole salamanders (Ambystoma sp.). Molecular ecology 23: 2811-2824. Less technical version of article here.

Wheat, R.E., Wang, Y., Byrnes, J.E., Ranganathan, J. (2013). Raising money for scientific research through crowdfunding. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28(2): 71-72.

Bartelmess, J., Weare, W.W., Latortue, N., Duong, C., Jones, D.S. (2013). meso-Pyridyl BODIPYs with tunable chemical, optical and electrochemical properties. New Journal of Chemistry 37: 2663-2668.

Bentanachs, J., Vinolas, A., Mederos, J. (2012). Primer registro de Longitarsus substriatus Kutschera, 1862 Para la Península ibérica (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticinae). Elytron 25: 111-115.

Mederos-Lopez, J.L., Mata-Casanova, N., Pujade-Villar, J. (2012). Fenología anual y actividad nictemeral de los Hymenoptera (Insecta) en un bosque mixto mediterráneo. Orsis 26: 201-225

Mederos-Lopez, J.L. & Ramos, A.B. (2012). Psocoptera de un bosque mixto mediterráneo del Parc Natural de la Serra de Collserola (Cataluña, España). Orsis 26: 227-233

Mederos-Lopez, J.L. & Pujade-Villar, J. (2011). Actividad nictemeral y anual de los Diptera (Insecta) en un bosque mediterráneo mixto de Cataluña. Orsis 25: 83-103

Many peer-reviewed scientific publications have been produced by scientists who have been involved with SciFund Challenge crowdfunding. We're incredibly proud of our SciFunders' work and hope you enjoy it as well!

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