Students, scientists turn to crowdfunding for research projects

This is a disturbing trend. Yes, some good science projects will not receive money - that is always the case. But to have to fund large swaths of non-commercial science this way is a recipe for disaster.

Baerwald’s plan is perhaps indicative of a shift in the way researchers fund their projects. With North American governments spending less on scientific endeavors, students and researchers alike could be tasked with securing funding from personal patrons, one piece at a time.
“It is certainly never going to replace government funding, which is in the billions and is very necessary,” said Nick Dragojlovic, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a keen interest in crowdfunding.