Experiment is a community for funding and sharing real scientific discoveries. Over 1,092,000 members supporting 941 funded experiments are helping to push the boundaries of knowledge.
One of our staff members reviews each submitted project. Projects that pass the content review and pass our video interview are approved to launch publicly. See our start page for more information.
Experiment supports hypothesis-driven and exploratory scientific research projects. Projects are reviewed for clarity, scientific accuracy, and feasibility. Read our researcher guide to learn more about our evaluation criteria.
Projects are reviewed twice a month on the first and third Monday. Video interviews are scheduled for the first and third Tuesday.
Experiment is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform. If the project doesn't reach its 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. Usually this comes in the form of peer-reviewed journal publications, conference proceedings, academic posters, graduate theses, open data sets, and more.
It is free to start a project. If a project is fully funded, Experiment charges a 8% platform fee plus payment processing fees (roughly 3-5%). See our payouts guide for more information.
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 technology startup.
We've got case studies of funded campaigns.
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 46.52% success rate.
Launched projects can not be deleted. Project campaigns that fail to reach their funding goal will no longer be discoverable by common search engines, but the URL will still exist.
We currently support projects that wish to receive their funds to a bank account in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia. If you are conducting your research in another country, but have a bank account in one of our supported countries, you are eligible.
We intend to support researchers regardless of their bank account currency, but we are not there yet.
Donations are tax deductible for select projects affiliated with 501(c)(3) organizations. These projects are labeled as tax-deductible on their campaign pages. If you donate to a tax-deductible project, you will be put into contact with an organization administrator who can send you a tax receipt.
If you are interested in launching a tax-deductible project, please see our researcher guide.
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.
We take the responsibility for promoting content very seriously. It’s not just the ability to freely converse that makes a community, but also knowing that your opinions and expression will be fairly treated by the community.
On occasion, we will shadowban users if their behavior falls under any of our policies listed below. Shadowbanning will render that user's content invisible to other community members, but will allow that person to otherwise continue using the site normally.
If a user is spamming unrelated or irrelevant content (e.g. links to other pages, links to experiment campaigns), then that user will be warned once. If the spam continues, or it's clear that it's robotic, then we will ban the user.
2. Abuse / Harassment
In the case that a user is insulting, harassing, or creating an overly negative environment, then shadowbanning may be used. In most cases, a warning beforehand should be sufficient, but if it’s clear that the behavior will continue, then a ban will be put in place.
Disagreeing with someone on the internet is a pretty common thing, but we honestly try not to censor content just because someone may disagree with what was said. The goal of our policy is to continually improve our community.