Our team of scientists reviews every submitted project. Once you're ready, we'll help with feedback on how to improve your project. Check out our guide to learn more about our project criteria.
Yes! Experiment is a platform that facilitates crowd-sourced research awards. Successful project funding will be made as an award directly to your institution, institution-affiliated foundation, or equivalent authority. The award will be made by Experiment, or Experiment approved 501(c)(3) partner, as a gift restricted for use by you, your lab, or department.
Any research project can succeed on Experiment, but the best projects are ones that offer a chance for the larger community to interact with the science. It is very important for your project to be well defined. Projects will ambiguous goals like "curing cancer" or "saving tigers" will not be accepted. However, a project examining the effects of a specific drug on the growth of breast cancer tumors or a project mapping the populations of tigers on the island of Sumatra would be perfect. To Learn more, read our case studies below.
We encourage transparency but we don't enforce restrictions on what you can or cannot share. In the end, you control what content you're comfortable sharing with your backers.
Once your project is funded, backers expect to learn about the scientific process through Lab Notes. Every time you post a Lab Note through your project your backers are notified by email. Scientist share photos of scientific equipment arriving in the lab, videos of their adventures on a field expedition in the Amazon, or extensive protocols and datasets so that the community can replicate their results. How much you share is entirely up to you. What is important is you set expectation about what you plan to share and how often
Once the the project is finished backers expect you to share the results either through Experiment or through a peer-reviewed article. Remember that negative results are still results.
We've gathered some successful stories to help you learn more.
"Experiment was a fantastic tool to connect to this larger audience that we knew we had that was interested in our work. I'm so glad we decided to dive in, it was worth it on so many levels."