Introduction to research crowdfunding

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This one-hour presentation will give you a clear overview of research crowdfunding in Australian universities.

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It is incredibly tough to get funds for research at the moment. Some entrepreneurial academics are using crowdfunding to raise money from the public. It isn’t easy, but new ways of doing things provides for new opportunities. They are learning new skills, building an audience for their work, and raising some funds as well. 

Why should I attend?

It's important in contemporary academia to find alternative streams of funding, as well as build an effective public research profile. Crowdfunding can offer practical experience in doing achieving these aims.


At the end of the hour, you should understand:

  • Different ways that researchers are raising funds through crowdfunding.
  • How much they are raising, and what the chances of success are.
  • The skills and abilities required to undertake a crowdfunding campaign.
  • The work and time commitment involved in undertaking a crowdfunding campaign.
  • What you might gain from undertaking a crowdfunding campaign.


Jonathan O’Donnell has 15 years of experience helping people to find funding for their research. He is fascinated by crowdfunding because it is the first new funding mechanism that he has seen in all that time. To understand how crowdfunding works, he has reviewed all research crowdfunding campaigns run by Australian university staff to 2015, and has interviewed academics and administrators at the two of the most active universities in Australia. With his colleague, Tseen Khoo, he runs the Research Whisperer blog and Twitter stream (@ResearchWhisper). 

This project is part of his PhD, examining crowdfunding as a research funding mechanism at Australian universities (RMIT ethics 19613 & 20729). He is examining the support required for crowdfunding, and seeking to understand the dynamics of crowdfunding within a university.

Who should attend?

Researchers and PhD students looking to understand how crowdfunding works at Australian universities.

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