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Petridish - Crowd Sourcing for Scientists

PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:56 pm
by Michael J.
Hello forum,

Any thoughts on the "Kickstarter for Science"? I just read the following article about and, as a scientist struggling to land a grant via the NIH, I couldn't help but get excited about an alternative venue for funding. I realize that this is new and that only small amounts of money are currently being requested by investigators, but what are the chances something like this could take a bit of power away from bureaucrats at the NIH? With the success of open-access journals, perhaps there is room for a kind of open-access funding as well? It certainly gives power to individual tax payers to choose what they deem is an important research program. I'm interested to hear your thoughts! ... k-the-ceo/