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Have you participated earlier in scientific research? If yes, then this simple guide will assist you in executing a research project. If not, this guide will direct you in taking part in the project.

Research funders is a gateway for carrying out research and is open to participants from anywhere in the world. It funds research projects and shares results with the public and facilitates to unearth scientific discoveries. It also links public who are interested in scientific research.

This guide helps you to realize that you are part of shared scientific discovery. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have queries or suggestions. We are here to assistyou and continuously revise our methods.

Project Criteria

The following criteria must be followed by all the projects:

  • 1To respond to a specific research question.

  • 2To share theprocedures and outcomes openly and transparently.

  • 3In order to meet the required goals, the researchers should have the expertise.

  • 4To measure Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) while implementing project.

Few Additional Criteria:

For Academic scientists: Academic scientists include professors, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, undergraduates or anyone doing research at a university.

  • Supporting publications, credentials or references that showcase your experience and credibility as researchers.
  • If your project is dealing with animal or human subjects, you are also asked to give evidence of institutional support and review

For Independent scientists:

Independent scientists include citizen scientists, high school students, collaborative team projects or anything else outside of academia or industry.

  • You are encouraged to recruit public endorsements, outside experts for this project.
  • Provide resources evidence to carry out the research.
  • Project uniqueness.

For Corporate scientists:

Corporate researchers include projects taking place at a commercial organization or non-profit foundation.

  • Mission statement describing how the results of the project assist the mission of your organization.
  • Transparency statement describing information willing to share or not.
Crowdfunding Science Research

Crowdfunding acts as a budding funding mechanism for creative research work across all the sectors. It is vital to evaluate its aptness of Crowdfunding for your organization and projectssince it isn't a fit for all the organizations and projects.

Research Funders39 is for scientists from all the environments, expertise, areas and subject matters. Crowdfunding is used for current projects, meeting equipment needs and cooperating with others. Research funders is for scientists who are willing to share their findings with thepublic.

All - or - none funding

Research Funders uses the all-or-none funding model. In order to start the project, most of the projects select a target with asmall amount of money. Backers of a project are only charged after the project has reached the funding target and the campaign duration has expired.If a project does not meet the funding target and the campaign duration expires, Research funders does not charge any of the backers and does not charge a fee.

If a project meets the funding target before the campaign duration expires, all the backers are charged the day after the campaign ends.

Offering a reward for financial backing

In Research funders, sponsorsfund projects to unfold science. Good research work consists of stories with numeroussections, typesets, twists and turns. As a scientist, your goal is to tell astorywhich connects the public.

Scientific Review

Research funders are devoted to guaranteeing to be a trusted place for scientific research. Our team reviews each research proposal meets the core criteria.

Endorsements

In the Research funders network, endorsers are important. By commenting on

  • 1) the importance of proposed research and
  • 2) the qualifications of Experiment researchers, they help prospective backers make informed decisions when it comes to supporting science.
Project Title

The title should be simple, clear and concise. The title should by no meansmisinform the reader. A title can also reflect the intention of the project. Shun titles that are too long.

To write a good title, there are 3 components involved:

  • Your product or project name.
  • In simple terms, what is your product or project?
  • What's unique or attractive about it?
Campaign Duration

Good number researchersopt to have their campaign for 30 days/ 45 days/50 days etc. It is necessary to be geared up and accessible during the days of your campaign. At Research Funders, we use an all-or-nothing funding model, so you must reach your funding target within this campaign duration to receive any of the funds. It is important to take this into consideration.

Project abstract

Always remember the abstract for a project should be simple, short and can be seen as an overview. It is a summary that defines the core of your work.

The abstract should not include lengthy background information, references to other literature and abbreviations, jargon that may be confusing to the reader.

It is important to maintainabstract section as crispand shorter as possible. A reader should be able to read quickly and precisely tell another friend what you're doing.

Setting a reasonable project goal and objective

Setting goals and objectives for projects is an important step because they discover your destination and also present a roadmap.

Goals are the project "Destination". In other words, what will the project achieve and when? What is the preferred ending outcome? Projects may have more than one goal, and there may be many objectives for each goal. Be honest about what you can accomplish with the budget for this specific project.

Objectives are the project "Roadmap". Objectives are your action plan or complex roadmap. They are specific steps or tasks that must be accomplished to reach the goal.

Project context and significance

Project context is the background in which the project is agreed on and includes many influences. Defining your project's context entails you directly examine the problem statement and then ask yourself and others the right questions. Different projects will have different contextual problems to deal with and therefore is important to understand a project's context.

The significance section of the study provides information to the reader on how the study will throw in. It must be specifically stated, what the study will contribute and who will benefit from it?

The project context and significance builds up a justification process to help the backers convince as to why it is important to start this project.

Project Budget

The project budget is a detailed estimate of all the costs required to complete project tasks. When creating a project the budget items you list will add up to your funding target. It is important to choose your funding target wisely.

The purpose of theproject budget is to estimate and control project costs within the approved budget and to achieve the stated goals of the project.

Research Funders is an all-or-nothing crowdfunding platform, so you need to consider what amount you can realistically raise from your networks. All-or-nothing means you must reach the funding target you set or you won't receive any of the funds.

Research Funders charges an 8% platform fee plus payment processing fees (3-5%). If you do not reach your funding target there is no fee and none of your backers are charged


Budget Summary
  • How do your budget items help you complete your research project?
  • Why you need the budget items listed? How will they be used?
  • When do you plan to complete the project?
  • What are the costs that are essential and practical to complete the work illustrated in your research proposal?
  • What are the direct cost and indirect cost that is incurred in your project?
  • If you are using the funding for a small part of your project explain why this small part is significant to a larger project.
Research Team

One of the main criteria for research funding is you need to convince the backers the strength of the research team. Research team members must have the appropriate skills and expertise to accomplish all the elements of the project.

Here are a few questions that can guide you write this section:

  • Why are you keen on this area of science?
  • What experience you have to conduct this research project?
  • From where did you bring in your relevant degrees?
  • Have you published in a scientific journal? Presented at a conference?
  • Who are the main contributors to your specific topic in your field?

Keep in mind, funding agencies are looking for the suitable expertise necessary to complete the project. Strong collaborators with whom you have an established working connection are going to be a great choice.

How to develop a network

Besides using email to contact potential collaborators, you can expand your network in the following ways:

  • Academic research conferences, seminars
  • Research Forums
  • Research Support Department events/training
  • Organizational research networking events
  • Visit other research institutions
Project Video

Communicating through project videos, are one of the best ways to communicate the emotions, motivations, and character of a project and the sincerity and seriousness of the creator. It's also more amusing. The video just has to be clear, describe what you are doing and short.Studies show that viewers watching videos online have an attention span of approximately 3-5 minutes so it is important to maintain it for few minutes.

While making avideo, consider the following points:

  • What are your key messages?
  • Who is your audience?
  • What do you want the audience to do after watching this video?
  • It is easy to put into effect what messages you want to transmit, but it's harder figuring out how to say it!
  • Visualize the story from the first scene to the closing one. Work with the video team to arise with a complete visual idea of the story which can be shared to thepublic.

It is important to maintainabstract section as crispand shorter as possible. A reader should be able to read quickly and precisely tell another friend what you're doing.

Project Milestones

The definition of a project milestone is a task which signifies an achievement in the project. Milestones can be used as a motivational tool as it is a specific goal that usually has a timeframe.

Project milestones are specific points along a project timeline. They are your short-term goals that lead to your overall project objective.

Milestones help your team to stay on track, they are also useful to you as a project manager to more accurately determine whether or not your project is on schedule.

Why is the milestone so important?
  • Better Deadline Management - If you want to complete the project productively, then you should keep an eye on deadlines. That is where setting project milestones can help you manage deadlines efficiently.
  • Highlight Important Dates -These project milestones help you to stay on track by highlighting important dates so that you make a project plan that is not affected by other events at work. This will increase the chances of project success substantially.
  • Better Control over Project Deliverables - Another reason why incorporating project milestone is indispensable for your project plan is better control over project deliverables. Setting milestones will give you much better control over project deliverables and helps another party to know what expected of them.

Milestones in theproject are used to mark:

  • The start of significant phases of work
  • The end of significant phases of work
  • To mark the deadline for something
  • To show when an important decision is being made
Setting a target/ KPI target

Setting a target can help you deliver the strategic changes in theproject. Set achievable and realistic targets not too high and not too low. Having a target gives something concrete to strive for.

Make the vision of the futureambitious but keep in mind that stakeholders demandconcrete and pragmatic results. Targets are generally a negotiation or exchangebetween whatis predicted and what is viable.

A key performance indicator (KPI) is a measure that helps you understand whether you are achieving one of your strategic goals. Sometimes a target can be bigger and sometimes it can be smaller.

Set your project target:

  • Where is the project now?
  • Where is it going?
  • How is it going to get there?

These questions will help you to refocus your targets and plan how you are going to accomplish them.

Disseminate - Using Your Networks and Campaign Tools

Using Your Networks

Networking is mutual -

This means that when you meet someone, you need to ask them regarding their project, as well as informing them about yours.

Evaluate your Contacts -

Filter through your contacts to see who is worth establishing a relationship with. You can do this by asking yourself whether or not you can help each other.

Spend Time Social Networking -

What it means is that you should use social networking to your advantage. For example, if there is an upcoming conference, you could use everything from LinkedIn to a company website to learn information prior to meeting people who interest you. You could then follow up with that person via Twitter or LinkedIn. Another benefit of social networking is by sharing or creating relevant articles that your audience would find informative. Also, make sure to join in discussions and answer or ask questions. Friends, family, and colleagues are a great method for initiating momentum around your campaign. Instead of sharing just one post on social media, try messaging followers directly as a way to get them involved.

Press, Media -

Press, media, organizations, and blogs love to hear about breaking events. Remember, when reaching out to anyone who might cover your story, do the work for them: why would their audience appreciate your recent progress? Be plain and direct. At this point, you should have your message down.

Campaign Tools

After you launch your campaign, you'll have access to your researcher dashboard which will give you real-time indicators.

  • Number of backers
  • Traffic sources
  • Page traffic
Results

Every research project comes to a stopping point where you're ready to share what you've discovered with the rest of us. The results section is where you can upload your results online for everyone to see.

Before you are ready to upload results you are encouraged to estimate a date for when the backers should expect results and use that as a placeholder. Negative results are still results! This should be the date in which you think you will have completed the data collection and put together conclusions that you are ready to share.

Metrics and analytics

In your project dashboard, you'll also be able to see analytics and metrics for your project and lab notes. You'll be able to see just how engaging your lab notes are, and what your backers enjoy seeing.

Once you've completed gathering the data, it's time to share the results. At this point, you can publish your final lab note and you'll be able to mark your project as complete. Once this is done, all of your lab notes will then be made openly available to the public.