With financial support for science around the world disappearing, it’s harder than ever for young scientists to break into research careers, which means we could be losing a lot of talented minds who can’t afford to fund their projects.
But a new crowd funding platform called Thinkable aims to change that. Founded by Ben McNeil, an oceanographer from the University of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia, in collaboration with other Australian researchers, the platform is “democratising science”.
The website allows the general public to support upcoming research, either through being “fans” or donating as little as a $1 as a sponsor. All sponsors will be able to track the research they’ve supported in their own feed, to keep up to date with where their money is going.
And all the research is peer reviewed to make sure it’s based on accurate science, so that you know your money isn’t going to funding someone’s latest film.
According to the About Us page:
"Our mission is to connect the world with scientific research and fund transformative new ideas. We hope to spur collaboration, spread knowledge and support the next generation of thinkers and innovators."
This isn’t the first time researchers have crowd-funded science, but it’s the first platform that allows the public to actively learn and engage with cutting-edge research as it happens in the lab.
We can’t wait to see the ideas that emerge.
Check out their video above to find out more. And sign up to be part of the next generation of world-changing ideas.