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Crowd Funding Your Research

ANU NECTAR The Network of Early Career Teachers, Academics and Researchers of The Australian National University

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)

Crowd Funding Your Research

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Got a great idea for a project? Thought about crowd funding but don't know where to start?

NECTAR, the Early Career Academic initiative at ANU, has brought together two experts to share their insights and experiences of using crowd funding to support research projects. This event is open to academic and professional staff and HDR students, but the focus will be on supporting Early Career Academic staff project development.

Dr Melanie Thomson, Lecturer in Molecular Medicine at Deakin University Geelong, has successfully crowdfunded 2 research projects: Mighty Maggots in 2013 and Hips 4 Hipsters  in 2014.

Mr Prashan Paramanathan is Founder and CEO of the not-for-profit crowd funding platform, a platform focused on non-profit and social enterprise projects.

Mel and Prashan will speak to us about the good and bad of crowd funding, marketing strategies to maximise your chance of success, intellectual property, building relationships with your community, and pitfalls to avoid.

ANU Early Career Academic Staff are also invited to attend an afternoon workshop session, where Mel and Prashan will help individuals develop their project ideas. Register for this session by emailing


For more information please contact Dr Julie Preston, NECTAR Coordinator, on



Twitter: @NECTARatANU

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