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The vampire bats are arriving soon. But we do not know yet whether we will be getting a large grant from the National Science Foundation. That means I will be in charge of all animal care at least until next year. Combining animal care with experiments and observations will be a lot of work; I am already planning to set up sleeping arrangements at the university to avoid making the commute back home when I’m too tired. I recently started a crowdfunding campaign in collaboration with petridish.org to help me raise funds to purchase blood, material for building cages, and hopefully, for hiring other staff to help me!
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding is similar to microfinance and crowdsourcing. The most popular example is Kickstarter.com. Basically, people pitch their projects to a global online “crowd” to raise preliminary funds to get their projects off the ground. Some projects have raised up to $2 million by aggregating many small public donations. Petridish.org was founded by Harvard alum and science enthusiast Matt Salzberg, and it is the first online crowdfunding platform for scientists.