Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Research Funders?

Research Funders is a community for funding and sharing real scientific discoveries.

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What happens if a fundraising campaign doesn't reach the goal?

Research Funders is an all-or-nothing fundraising platform. If the project doesn't reach its goal, then none of the backers are charged.

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Who funds projects on Research Funders?

Everyone! That’s the beauty of the Internet, it allows anyone with a credit card to bring real science to life.

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What is the reward for funding science?

Research Funders’ researchers share the outcomes of their research directly with their backers who are able to view the impact of their funding. Usually this is in the form of peer-reviewed journal publications, conference proceedings, academic posters, graduate theses, open data sets, and more.

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Does anyone review the science behind the projects?

Our team will review and approve each Research Funders project before it launches publicly. Check out our start page for more information on our review criteria.

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What is the cost of starting a project?

It is free to start a project. If a project is fully funded, Research Funders charges a 5% platform fee plus payment processing fees (roughly 3-5%). See Pricing for more information.

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Is any institutional overhead included?

Research Funders policy is that funds transferred to researchers are not subject to institutional overhead. Please refer to our Pricing Guide for more information about working with your university.

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How do I get some Research Funders stickers?

Send us an email (contact us) with your mailing address!

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What are the evaluation criteria for potential projects?

Read our guide to obtaining approval to learn more about project approval.

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Can I delete my launched project?

Projects that have launched cannot be deleted. However, when the campaign ends, it will no longer be discoverable by common search engines, but the URL will still exist.

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How do academic researchers use Research Funders?

The goal of Research Fundersis to become a platform that can replace small grants for early-stage exploratory research. Depending on the viability and large scale applicability, there is the possibility of funding larger projects as well. It is important to note that funding through Research Funders is NOT a Grant, and so will not come through as a lump sum. Researchers looking for funding should not rely on writing the proposal and expecting money to come.

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Can I launch a project outside of the India?

Yes, if you are conducting your research in another country, but have a bank account in one of our supported countries, you are eligible.

We are piloting a few projects in other countries. If you would like to be part of the pilot please Contact us.

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Are the donations tax-deductible?

Donations are tax deductible for select projects affiliated with non-profit/trust/NGO organizations. These projects are labeled as tax-deductible on their campaign pages. If you donate to a tax-deductible project, you will be put into contact with an organization administrator who can send you a tax receipt.

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How can I contact you?

Our team at Research Funders would love to hear from you! You can email usdirectly. We like to write long-winded personal emails, and hear about your goals, your mission, and why you think your research project will save the world!.