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Oct 18, 2010

Nature Neuroscience features crowdfuding in science

The September issue of Nature Neuroscience has an editorial about the use of microfinance for scientific research.

The editorial is a sign of growing interest from the research community toward this strategy, which I and my colleague Giuseppe Riva described in a letter to Science [Gaggioli, A, Riva, G. (2008) Working the Crowd, Science 321, 5895, 1443]

Recently, we have teamed up with the Institute of Physiology of the National Research Council and the Italian Federation of Rare Diseases to develop Open Genius, a crowdfunding platform for research in rare diseases.

We have also created a website (in Italian and English) where you can find updated information about the project.



Open Genius is a not-for-profit initative of the scientific community that partners with like minded entities including academic, philantropic, government funding agencies.

If you want to collaborate or propose a partnership you can write us to:




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