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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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Oct 04, 2010

Crowdfunding science: utopia or reality?

Several initiatives are exploring the potential of crowdfunding for supporting scientific research. In this approach, that I described in a letter to Science donors can choose from a list of public projects. Projects seeking funding are stored in an online repository. Investors (either people or funding agencies) can decide which projects to fund.

The closest example of crowdfunding science is Cancer Research UK's MyProjects scheme (http://myprojects.cancerresearchuk.org/). Launched in October 2008, MyProjects allows Cancer Research UK donors to search projects by type of cancer and location to find a specific research project to donate money.

I am also running a crowdfunding-science project in Italy, called Open Genius. The website is available only in Italian, but you can find the essential info about the project in this presentation.



I wish to hear your comments about this!

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Sep 17, 2008

Crowdfunding for science

I and my colleague Giuseppe Riva have just published a letter in Science, where we propose crowd-funding - a form of crowdsourcing applied to finance - as a possible strategy to cope with the lack of investments in research.

The full text of the article is available here: gaggioli_riva_science08.pdf

Video (Italian only)