Welcome to Research Funders! Research Funders is designed to be a place for researchers to crowd fund grants for new ideas and the public who will ultimately benefit to discover and directly support these research projects. Research Funders aims to provide a communal space for scientists, aspiring researchers, donors and backers to interact, share information, and support scientific research for common progress.
Research Funders is about bringing science and scientific research closer to the public and to ordinary people. Thus, the users get to donate to research projects that they find interesting, follow projects that they believe to have potential etc. It also helps in building a social community for scientists to learn about discoveries and experiments that they may have been unaware about, or to find out more about their friends’ interest in one place.
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Rules and Conduct
By accessing Platform, you hereby represent, warrant, acknowledge and agree that you:
You further represent that you shall not (i) use the Platform or any of its features for any illegal or unauthorized purpose, (ii) use the Platform or any of its features in a way that could damage, disable, overburden or impair any of the Platform’s services, iii) transmit worms, viruses or any code of a destructive nature, (iv) display, transmit or share any content consisting of text, sounds, audio, pictures, photos, video and/or any type of materials, information or communications (“Content”) deemed hateful, racially or ethnically offensive, or any Content that encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offense or bring forth civil liability, (v) attempt to hack, destabilize or adapt the Platform or its backend coding
You may browse the Platform and view content without registering, but as a condition to using certain aspects of the Platform, you will be required to register with Research Funders and select a password and screen name (a "username"). You shall provide Research Funders with accurate, complete, and updated registration information. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of these Terms, which may result in immediate termination of your Research Funders account. In registering an account, you shall not
Research Funders reserves the right to refuse registration of, or cancel a username and domain in our sole discretion. You are solely responsible for activity that occurs on your account and shall be responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Research Funders password. You shall never use another user’s account without such other user’s express permission. You will immediately notify Research Funders in writing of any unauthorized use of your account, or other account related security breach of which you are aware.
Content transmitted by the use of the Platform and Features is entirely the responsibility of the person from whom such Content originated. You use the Platform and Features at your own risk and understand that by using the Platform and Features, you may be exposed to Content that is offensive, harmful to minors, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Research Funders, beyond project approval, does not endorse any Content and expressly disclaims any and all liability in connection with any and all Content transmitted or displayed using the Platform and/or Features. You hereby release and discharge Research Funders Inc., from any and all claims and demands arising out of or relating to any Content.
You acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for any Content that you may create, transmit or display through the Platform and/or Features and that Research Funders is not responsible to you or any third party in connection with any Content. You further agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person by reason of any of your Content.
In addition, you represent and warrant that:
(a) you are the creator and owner of or have the necessary rights to transmit or display the Content; and (b) the Content you transmit or you display does not and will not:
(i) infringe, violate, or misappropriate any third-party right, including any copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, privacy right, right of publicity, or any other intellectual property or proprietary right, or
(ii) slander, defame, libel, or invade the right of privacy, publicity or other property rights of any other person.
Intellectual Property Rights – Project Creators
Research Funders provides you with the ability upload, add, create, upload, submit, distribute, collect, or post ("Submitting" or "Submission"), your videos, audio clips, written forum comments, data, text, photographs, software, scripts, graphics, or other information to the Platform (collectively, the “User Content”).
Research Funders will not have any ownership rights in Your User Content, however, Research Funders needs the following license to perform the services made available through the Platform. Therefore, you hereby grant to Research Funders and each user of the Platform the worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, sub-licensable and transferable license and right to (and to allow others acting on its behalf to)
By Submitting any User Content to the Platform, you hereby represent, warrant, acknowledge and agree that:
Research Project Fundraising
Research Funders is an venue for fundraising, from the public and the concerned scientific community. Research Funders allows certain users (“Researchers”) to list projects (“Projects”) and raise funds from other users (“Donors”, “Supporters”, or “Backers”). All funds are collected through a third-party payment processor, our Partner for which purpose they may charge fees. We reserve the right to change our Payment Partner at any time or from time to time in our sole discretion (the “Processor”). User credit card information never touches Research Funders’ servers.
You acknowledge and agree that Research Funders shall not be liable for your interactions with any organizations and/or individuals found on or through the Research Funders service.
You hereby release and waive any and all claims, demands and/or damages you may have or assert against Research Funders arising from or related to any interactions that you have through Research Funders. This includes, but is not limited to, delivery of goods and services, and any other terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with listings on Research Funders. Research Funders does not oversee the performance or punctuality of projects. Research Funders is not responsible for any damage or loss incurred as a result of any such dealings. All dealings are solely between you and such organizations and/or individuals. Research Funders is under no obligation to become involved in disputes between Backers and Researchers, or between Platform members and any third party. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, in the event of a dispute, you hereby release Research Funders, its officers, directors, employees, agents and successors in rights from any and all claims, damages and demands of every kind, known or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, disclosed or undisclosed, arising out of or in any way related to such disputes and our service.
Though Research Funders cannot be held liable for the actions of a Researcher, Researchers are nevertheless wholly responsible for fulfilling obligations both implied and stated in any project listing they create. Researchers also undertake that they will not plagiarise, copy, reproduce, transmit or distribute without authorization work that is shared with them on the Research Funders portal.
Research Funders reserves the right, but has no obligation, to cancel, interrupt or suspend a project listing and refund all associated members' payments at any time for any reason. Research Funders reserves the right, but has no obligation, to remove a project listing from public listings for any reason.
Research Funders makes no guarantees regarding the performance or fairness of the Processor. Additionally, because of occasional failures of some credit cards, Research Funders cannot guarantee the full receipt of the targeted amount.
Project Creators may initiate refunds at their own discretion. Research Funders is not responsible for issuing refunds for funds that have been collected by Project Creators.
If changed circumstances should at some future time cause the continuation of the program supported to be inappropriate or impractical, or any of the restrictions on the use of the fund become obsolete, inappropriate or impracticable as determined by the Review Board, then Research Funders may, with the permission of the donor, redesignate the purpose of these funds to another fund that adheres as closely as possible to the donor(s)' original intent.
Fees and Payments
It is free to join Research Funders. However, we do charge fees for certain features. When you use a paid feature, that is, one that has a fee attached, you will have an opportunity to review and accept the fees that you will be charged, which we may change from time to time. Such changes shall be effective after we provide You with notice by posting notice of the changes on the Platform. We may choose to temporarily change the fees of our paid features for promotional events (for example, free listing days) or new features, and such changes shall be effective when we post notice of the temporary promotional event or new feature on the Platform.
You are responsible for paying all fees and applicable taxes associated with Your use of the Platform. In the event a listing is removed from the Service for violating these Terms, all fees paid will be non-refundable, unless we determine, in our sole and absolute discretion, that a refund is appropriate.
It is solely your choice to contribute to a Project. You understand that making a contribution to a Project does not give you any rights in or to that Project, including without limitation any ownership, control or distribution rights, and that the Researcher shall be free to solicit other funding for the Project, enter into contracts for the Project, allocate rights in or to the Project, and otherwise direct the Project in its sole discretion. You further understand that nothing in this Agreement or otherwise limits Research Funders' right to enter into agreements or business relationships relating to Projects. Research Funders does not guarantee that any Project's fundraising goal will be met. Any perks offered to you are between you and the Researcher only, and Research Funders does not guarantee that perks will be delivered or satisfactory to you. Research Funders does not warrant the use of any Project funding or the outcome of any Project.
Contributions to Projects are nonrefundable. Under certain circumstances Research Funders may, but is under no obligation to, seek the refund of Project funding if the Researcher misrepresents the Project or misuses the funds. You acknowledge and agree that any and all contributions you make are between you, the Researcher and the Processor only, and that Research Funders is not responsible for contribution transactions, including without limitation any personal or payment information you provide to the Processor.
Research Funders makes no representations regarding the deductibility of any contribution for tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisor for more information. Research Funders undertakes to provide receipts of pledges or funds received for Projects on the Platform.
Payment processing services on Research Funders are provided by PayU and By agreeing to these terms or continuing to use Research Funders, you agree to be bound by the Agreement, as the same may be modified by from time to time.
As a condition of Research Funders enabling payment processing services through PayU/Payment gateways, you agree to provide Research Funders accurate and complete information about you and your business, and you authorize Research Funders to share it and transaction information related to your use of the payment processing services provided by PayU/Payment gateways.
Third Party Sites
The Platform may permit you to link to other websites or resources on the internet, and other websites or resources may contain links to the Platform. When you access third party websites, you do so at Your own risk. These other websites are not under Research Funders's control, and Yyou acknowledge and agree that Research Funders is not responsible or liable for the content, functions, accuracy, privacy policies, legality, appropriateness or any other aspect of such websites or resources. We encourage you to read the terms of service and privacy statements of each and every website you visit. The ability to access information of third parties from Research Funders, or links to other web sites or locations, is for your convenience only and the inclusion of any such link does not imply endorsement by Research Funders or any association with the operators of any third-party website.
You further acknowledge and agree that Research Funders shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for, and you hereby release and waive any and all claims, demands and damages against Research Funders arising from or in connection with, any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with your use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such website or resource.
Content and License
You agree that the Platform contains content specifically provided by Research Funders or its partners and that such Content is protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets or other proprietary rights and laws. You shall abide by and maintain all copyright notices, information, and restrictions contained in any content accessed through the Platform.
Research Funders grants each user of the Platform and/or Service a limited, worldwide, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable and non-transferable license to use, modify and reproduce the content, solely for personal, non-commercial use. Use, reproduction, modification, distribution or storage of any Content for other than personal, non-commercial use is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from Research Funders, which consent may be withheld in our sole discretion, or from the copyright holder identified in such content’s copyright notice. You shall not sell, license, rent, or otherwise use or exploit any Content for commercial use or in any way that violates any third party right.
Third Party Intellectual Property – Copyright Notifications
At Research Funders, we respect the intellectual property of others, and we ask you to do the same. If you believe that your copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement and is accessible via the Platform, please notify Research Funders and Research Funders undertakes to follow up on the complaint and remove the Content if the substance of the complaint is validated. Kindly provide the following information in writing:
UNDER THE LAWS OF THE JURISDICTION IN WHICH RESEARCH FUNDERS IS OPERATING, IF YOU KNOWINGLY MISREPRESENT THAT ONLINE MATERIAL IS INFRINGING, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL PROSECUTION OR CIVIL PENALTIES.
In accordance with applicable law on Intellectual Property Rights, Research Funders has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at Research Funders' sole discretion, members who are deemed to be repeat infringers. Research Funders may also at its sole discretion limit access to the Platform and/or terminate the accounts of any Users who infringe any intellectual property rights of others, whether or not there is any repeat infringement.
Research Funders may terminate your access to all or any part of the Platform at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice, effective immediately, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with your membership. If you wish to terminate your account, you may do so by following the instructions on the Platform. Any fees paid hereunder are non-refundable. All provisions of these Terms which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity and limitations of liability.
Research Funders has no special relationship with or fiduciary duty to you. You acknowledge that Research Funders has no control over, and no duty to take any action regarding any of the following: which users gain access to the Platform; what content you access via the Platform; what effects the content may have on you; how You may interpret or use the content; or what actions you may take as a result of having been exposed to the content. You release Research Funders from all liability for you having acquired or not acquired content through the Platform.
The Platform may contain, or direct you to websites containing, information that some people may find offensive or inappropriate. Research Funders makes no representations concerning any content contained in or accessed through the Platform, and Research Funders will not be responsible or liable for the accuracy, copyright compliance, legality or decency of material contained in or accessed through the Platform or the services made available through the Platform.
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SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WARRANTY LASTS, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THE PLATFORM AND ALL SUBMISSIONS OF USER CONTENT SHALL BE AT YOUR OWN RISK.
RESEARCH FUNDERS MAKES NO GUARANTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY OR PRIVACY OF ANY COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION TRANSMITTED ON THE PLATFORM OR ANY WEBSITE LINKED TO THE PLATFORM.
Research Funders will not be liable for the privacy of email addresses, registration and identification information, disk space, communications, confidential or trade-secret information, or any other content stored on Research Funders’ equipment, transmitted over networks accessed by the Platform, or otherwise connected with your use of the Service.
You shall, at Your sole expense, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless Research Funders, its affiliates and each of affiliates, employees, contractors, directors, suppliers and representatives from any and all liabilities, claims, damages, judgments and expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, that arise from or relate to Your use or misuse of, or access to, the Platform, the services or content made available through the Platform, your Submission of User Content, or otherwise from your use of the Platform. Such conduct is including but not limited violation of these Terms, or infringement by you, or any third party using your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity. Research Funders reserves the right to assume the exclusive defense and control of any matter otherwise subject to indemnification by you, in which event you will assist and cooperate with Research Funders in asserting any available defenses.
Limitation of Liability
IN NO EVENT SHALL RESEARCH FUNDERS, OR ITS DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, PARTNERS, SUPPLIERS, REPRESENTATIVES OR CONTENT PROVIDERS, BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE OR ANY OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY WITH RESPECT TO THE PLATFORM OR THE FEATURES MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PLATFORM FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES WHATSOEVER RESULTING FROM, ANY (I) LOST PROFITS, DATA LOSS, COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES, OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES (HOWEVER ARISING), (II) BUGS, VIRUSES, TROJAN HORSES, OR THE LIKE (REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF ORIGINATION), OR (III) DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) ONE-HUNDRED U.S. DOLLARS ($100.00).
IF YOU’RE STATE OR COUNTRY DOES NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Accessing the Platform is prohibited from territories where such Content is illegal. If You access the Platform from other locations, you do so at your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws.
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