Experiment is a community for funding and sharing real scientific discoveries. Over 57,000 members supporting 551 funded experiments are helping to push the boundaries of knowledge.
Experiment is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform. If the project doesn't reach it's goal, then none of the backers are charged.
Everyone! That’s the beauty of the Internet, it allows anyone with a credit card to bring real science to life.
Experiment researchers share the outcomes of their experiments directly with their backers. Ususally this comes in the form of peer-reviewed journal publications, conference proceedings, academic posters, graduate theses, open data sets, and more.
Our team will review and approve each experiment before it launches publicly. Check out our start page for more information on our review criteria.
It is free to start a project. Once a project is funded, we take an 8% platform processing fee which keeps the site running.
Experiment's policy is that funds transferred to researchers are not subject to institution overhead. Read our payouts guide for more information about working with your university.
Experiment is a mission-driven for-profit company. Though really, we're a happy melting pot of science, social entrepreneurship, and tech startup.
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Read our Start Guide to learn more about project approval.
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Projects with the Open Access badge mean that the researcher pledges to release all results of the project in an openly accessible way. Whether it's lab notes posted on Experiment or a final peer-reviewed article published in an open access journal, we encourage all researchers to do so. Click here to learn more about why Open Access is important.
We only encourage transparency and openness as a way to help your backers understand the scientific impact, but there are many other ways to do so without giving up your secret sauce. Click here to learn more about this.
Experiment is often used to replace small grants for early-stage exploratory research. Other times, it’s used to supplement larger projects. Just don't treat it like a grant, with the expectation of writing a proposal and expecting money to come.
Experiment has a 47.4% success rate.
Projects that have launched can not be deleted. When the campaign ends, it will no longer be discoverable by common search engines, but the URL will still exist.
At this time, we are only hosting projects run by scientists based in the United States. Projects where you are a United States researcher, but conducting research abroad are eligible.
The next countries we will expand to are Canada, UK, and Australia. If you would like to be part of the pilot please submit this short questionnaire.
If you are based elsewhere, let us know how to reach you and we'll notify you as soon as Experiment is available in your country.
Donations are not currently tax-deductible. We’re working on tax-deductible pledges with a certain number of partners. This will be updated when the feature is live.
No, all payments that are charged once a project has met its goal are final.
You can go here to reset it.
Our team at Experiment would love to hear from you! You can email us directly. We like to write long-winded personal emails, and sometimes we attach pictures of cats and Neil deGrasse Tyson.