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Crowdfunding research projects brings scientists and the public closer together.

$7,920,859pledged

803funded projects

$4,263average project size

44.97%success rate

The Experiment Protocol

Here’s how it works.

  • 1.Define your project and funding target.
  • 2.Get endorsements from colleagues & peers.
  • 3.Submit for review by the Experiment team.
  • 4.Tell the world about your project.
  • 5.Once you hit the goal, you'll receive the funds.
  • 6.Share the journey with your supporters.
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Curiosity is contagious

Every project has a story to tell and an audience that will want to hear it.

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Featured Case Study

Internet comes together to sequence the DNA of internet cat

Three scientists joined forces with internet celebrity cat Lil Bub to study how genetic mutations can help solve challenges in human health.

We put together an anatomical breakdown of this successful campaign. Learn more about how 365 people came together.

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Your research funds

Crowdfunding on Experiment is an all-or-nothing model, which means you have to reach your funding target. If you don’t, then your backers are not charged and there is no cost. Experiment only collects fees from a project if it is successfully funded.

Experiment accepts projects in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. See our researcher guide to learn more.

Creators never give up any ownership of their work to Experiment or backers. You keep 100% ownership and control over your work.

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Experiment takes care of:

  • Handling backer questions
  • Protecting you from chargebacks
  • Pursuing failed payments
  • Payouts to your institution

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone with a credit card can become a supporter of science research. There are 40,000 individual backers using Experiment to fund experiments. Most projects are funded by a mix of personal supporters and Experiment's backer community.

Successful experiments have been started by scientists ranging from high school students to university professors. You don't have to be at an established institution to do research, and we encourage independent science. All you need is curiosity, a hypothesis, and a willingness to experiment.

Experiment works because project creators give scientific results back to the funders. Researchers are share pictures, updates, datasets, pre-prints, protocols, and papers.

Crowdfunding is like an onion, you start in the middle layer with your friends and family; close supporters who can understand your message. From there, your secondary networks help build momentum. Once it's clear your science resonates with people, then you can reach a larger audience through press and media. Read our Researcher Guide for more info on the basics of crowdfunding.

There is no requirement for when you should post a result, only that you do share your research findings and outcomes with your backers in an engaging way. This can be data in any usual format, or it could be a Google hangout with the scientists. Every project is different, and that's what makes science engaging.

Videos aren't required, but we highly recommend making them. Projects with videos are twice as likely to be successful than projects without videos, because they're great ways to introduce people to your story.

Experiment is 'all-or-nothing', which means you only receive the pledge funds if you reach the funding target. If you don't reach the goal, then backers don't get charged and no money changes hands.

There have been many successful experiments that lead to publications in academic journals. Most publishers will have a policy on pre-released data or abstract sharing. A good first step would be to ask your publisher.

Crowdfunding is not like writing a research grant proposal. Instead, it's more about actively tapping into and building your own network of supporters. Most campaigns run for 30-60 days, so you should expect to devote that amount of time towards the campaign effort. Researcher who do so usually end up more successful, and it's more fun that way. Setting up a project is easy and typically takes 1 week.

Every week we choose a project to feature in our weekly newsletter. We tend to choose projects that exhibit openness and collaboration or projects that are addressing a uniquely challenging research challenge.

If you're at an institution, we'll work with your organization to process the funds. We typically process funds as a gift directly to a research organization, with no indirect costs applied. See our Researcher Guide for more info on how we do project payouts.

Experiment was started way back in 2012, by two bacteria biologists who were inspired by social microfinance. It all started as an experiment to see if the internet would be interested in directly funding science research. Turns out, our hypothesis was right and we've helped to fund a lot of research since then. You can learn a little bit more by reading about our mission.

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