Tagged: scifund

The funding ‘lottery’: how many grants should we be applying for? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 04, 2012

I’ve just read a great post on the blog Serious Piffle about grant funding. The post is inspired by a paper just out in Science about the performance of “poor” and “rich” players in a set of tailored computer games. The authors suggest their results demonstrate that poor players concentrate too much on the … Read More

Crowdfunding update - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jul 31, 2012

It’s been a while since I last blogged as I’ve a few new projects I’ve been distracted with of late. More of those in the near future. But for now, I thought I’d do an update on my crowdfunding effort. In May I took part in the SciFund Challenge, the brain child of two ecologists from the US, Dr. Read More

SciFund Challenge – Target achieved! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 20, 2012

Glowing bacteria attract over $3000 for science in 15 days! For those who don’t know, this month I am taking part in the SciFund Challenge, raising money for my research using the RocketHub crowdfunding platform. My project, Evolution in Action, involves studying how infectious microbes evolve to cause disease and I am raising money to sequence the … Read More

Nature publishes first of the ‘weaponised’ flu papers - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 04, 2012

And it’s Open Access! Late last year it was revealed that 2 papers submitted to the journals Science and Nature had been sent to the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an American committee charged with providing guidance on the potential of research to be misused to pose a biological threat to public health or national security. Read More

Round 2 of the SciFund Challenge is now live! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 01, 2012

I’ll be spending the next 31 days trying to raise money for my research using the crowd funding model on the RocketHub platform, where contributors exchange small donations (in the 10-100 dollar ballpark) in return for ‘rewards’. As a microbiologist who makes glow-in-the-dark bacteria for a living, my rewards are things like sending donors a picture of their name … Read More

Crowdfunding science: The SciFund Challenge - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 11, 2012

In late 2011, two ecologists from the US National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis in California embarked on an exciting experiment: to see if the crowdfunding model [1] successfully used by ‘Creatives’ [2] could be applied to funding science. And enthuse the general public about science in the process. Dr. Jai Ranganathan and Dr. Read More

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