Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd
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.
Cindy Wu is co-founder of Experiment.com in San Francisco, California.
Ethan Perlstein is an evolutionary pharmacologist and CEO/founder of Perlstein Lab in San Francisco, California.
Dan Jaffe is an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Washington, Bothell in Bothell, Washington.
Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.