Funding for science keeps going down the drain.
In response, some scientists are taking the creative step of Crowd-Funding their research.
As principal investigator Dr Andy Radford of Bristol University pointed out, the competition for funds is fiercer than ever, making it tougher and tougher to secure cash from research councils. “It is not impossible [to get funds] but it is harder and harder, so we are all having to search for alternative sources.” Hence Radford’s decision to join the number of researchers who have turned to crowdfunding for help.
On the surface, Crowd-Funded Science is a cool idea. I’m not against it.
However, do we want to live in a world where this is how scientists have to find funding? Imagine a world where we crowd-fund fire departments, the military, and teachers. What would be the consequences?
In 50 to 100 years, our country might become what France is now: a former super power that’s still a fun vacation spot. Other countries that fund the shit out of science will surpass us with greater technological innovation — just like we did once to them.
No thank you.
It’s cool that scientists are being innovative with their funding. But it is symbolic of a serious problem we need to fix.
Now go lift something heavy,