Crowdfunded Grants

Challenge Grants

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Pursue a scientific research question for the crowd with a prize for the project with the most backers.

A new initiative to stir the pot for research ideas.

Help make more science happen

Crowdfunded Grants

Answer The Challenge

Anyone can create an experiment in response to a grant. Projects must be submitted before the launch deadline to be eligible. Winners will be chosen when all of the eligible campaigns end.

Crowdfunded Grants

Peer-Reviewed Proposals

Each project will be approved by a panel of science and topic experts, and all review comments are transparent and open to the public.

Crowdfunded Grants

Crowd Leverage

Three’s a party, but three hundred is a crowd. By backing a project, you’ll receive updates, results, and data from project creators. This is science by the people, for the people.

Current Challenge Grant

Benthic Ecology

On January 19, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

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Current Challenge Grant

Public Health

On January 26, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

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Current Challenge Grant

Evolution

On January 25, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

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Current Challenge Grant

Mental Health

On January 31, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

View 7 Projects

Current Challenge Grant

Poverty and Development

On January 31, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

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Current Challenge Grant

Cities & Transportation

On January 3, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

View 3 Projects

Current Challenge Grant

Trash, Sustainability, and the Environment

On January 31, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

View 2 Projects

Current Challenge Grant

Cartography and Mapping

On February 2, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

View 3 Projects

Current Challenge Grant

Political Science

On January 30, 2017, the project with the most backers will receive a $500 grant.

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Requests for Experiments

View upcoming grants and create a project for a chance to win an additional grant.

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Past Challenges

These challenge grants have ended and the winning projects have been awarded.

GrantProjectsPledgedBackersPrizeLaunched
Exercise Research
7 projects
$9,275148$500November 2016
Adolescence
13 projects
$17,710241$500November 2016
Bees
13 projects
$16,997236$500November 2016
Groundwater and Caves
12 projects
$24,905413$500November 2016
Zoos
13 projects
$45,6581075$1,000November 2016
Ornithology
27 projects
$66,890807$500October 2016
Freshwater Science
10 projects
$13,814304$500October 2016
Archaeology
11 projects
$22,184326$1,000October 2016
Fungi
8 projects
$17,259261$500October 2016
Arachnids
9 projects
$26,141475$500October 2016
Botany
9 projects
$8,786111$500September 2016
Herpetology
11 projects
$23,819334$1,000September 2016
Wildlife Diseases
12 projects
$31,078438$1,000September 2016
Coral Reefs
13 projects
$37,483398$1,000August 2016
Weather and Atmospheric Science
6 projects
$8,117143$1,000August 2016
iGEM Synthetic Biology
14 projects
$26,802938$1,000July 2016
Seabirds
16 projects
$48,656867$1,000July 2016
Sharks, Skates, and Rays
16 projects
$23,550371$1,000June 2016
Sleep
10 projects
$14,082225$1,000May 2016
Cats
21 projects
$53,075760$1,000May 2016
Paleontology Challenge
12 projects
$42,916658$1,000April 2016
Fish Challenge
11 projects
$18,078521$1,500April 2016
Animal Superpower Challenge
20 projects
$40,9441399$1,500March 2016
Zika Virus
13 projects
$52,430765$10,000March 2016
Insects Challenge
15 projects
$35,759653$2,000March 2016
Liberal Arts College
18 projects
$33,733964$2,000March 2016
Marine Mammals
14 projects
$45,8611006$2,000February 2016
Total354$798,42514,837$35,500

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