As per theguardian.com “crowdfunding is proving hugely popular – the sector is growing at an astonishing rate” and “people are putting their money into things that they really care about”.
According to the team of experiment.com, “in recent years, it’s become increasingly difficult for new ideas to get off the ground, especially the innovative and high-risk ideas with the biggest impact”.
As per these websites the ‘classic’, mainstream grant agencies, frequently subject to economic and political pressure, often favor expensive, low-risk, long-term science instead of new, unique and often high-risk fundamental research.
This year, Denny Luan launched experiment.com, whereas Matt Salzberg, recently founded petridish.org – the first two sites for life sciences.
According to Matt Salzberg “people are so excited about new discoveries, new ideas, and science, but a person at home has no way to feel like they’re a part of that”. What Salzberg’s describing is something others have called “citizen science,” which goes well beyond just asking the crowd for funding.