Independent research funding

Key questions:

General notes

On the other hand, the internet provides a plethora of opportunities for drumming up funding. The possibilities are extensive. There are crowd-funding sites, social media sites, not to mention companies giving out free web-pages left and right. A website and blog certainly seem mandatory. The best way I’ve found so far to drum up traffic to my site has been Wikipedia. I write articles in my fields of interest. Since I’ve published papers in these fields, I can cite my own work. Conflict of interest? I suppose so, but it’s been the only strategy I’ve found so far that’s worked and I’ve collected a grand total of $60 in donations.

How does one get started as an independent researcher? by Jacob Shiach – has a science/wetlab bent

Applying for research funding as an independent researcher?

Kickstarter, Patreon, etc.

Some links from the Foundation Center:

Other links:

Public-facing opportunities seem kind of lackluster, suggesting that the “real stuff” happens outside the public view.

Academic publishing projects on Kickstarter – as of January 24, 2017, there are only 23 “live” academic publishing projects, and the top project has $2,180 in pledged money, so there doesn’t seem to be a lot of money here.

Gwern is another notable example of an independent researcher.

Wikipedia has a big list of crowdfunding services as well as a list of highest funded crowdfunding projects.

Effective altruism

Free software community


HT Vipul Naik for pointers in this area:

My notes:

IHS PhD Application Fee Waiver

Other links to check out:

Creative work