Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

17:27 minutes

Facing fierce competition for research dollars (only 15 percent of NIH grant proposals are accepted, for instance), some scientists are taking a cue from indie culture and embracing crowdfunding. But can community-supported science ever be more than a stopgap measure? Experiment.com’s Cindy Wu explains what it takes to “kickstart” a science crowdfunding campaign, and evolutionary pharmacologist Ethan Perlstein shares his experience leaving academia to go indie.

Segment Guests

Cindy Wu

Cindy Wu is co-founder of Experiment.com in San Francisco, California.

Ethan Perlstein

Ethan Perlstein is an evolutionary pharmacologist and CEO/founder of Perlstein Lab in San Francisco, California.

Dan Jaffe

Dan Jaffe is an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Washington, Bothell in Bothell, Washington.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is Science Friday’s SciArts producer. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.