List of Resources for Science Crowdfunding Statistics


Biomedical funding is broken; crowdfunding is not the fix.Lenny Teytelman presents data on 84 successful biology projects funded at the $3,000+ level on
Calibrating crowdfunding expectationsLenny Teytelman presents data from 506 donations to the Kickstarter campaign (raised $54,600 in 2014).
Crowdfunding drug development: the state of play in oncology and rare diseasesPeer-reviewed article published in June 2014 in Drug Discovery Today - includes descriptive statistics on ~100 crowdfunding campaigns that aimed to fund cancer and rare disease research. (Authors: Nick Dragojlovic & Larry Lynd)
To Crowdfund Research, Scientists Must Build an Audience for Their WorkPeer reviewed article published in December 2014 in PLOS ONE reporting on the results of the first three rounds of the #SciFund Challenge, including analyses that identified the most important drivers of donations, which turned out to be Tweets, press contacts, and emails. (Authors: Jarrett Byrnes, Jai Raganathan, Barbara Walker, and Zen Faulkes)
Research My World: Crowdfunding Research Pilot Project EvaluationReport on the 8 pilot science crowdfunding campaigns run by Australia's Deakin University on Pozible. 6 of the 8 projects met or exceeded their goals, generating about $50,000 from more than 700 donors. (Authors: Deb Verhoeven, Stuart Palmer, Joyce Seitzinger, and Melanie Randall)
Funding Goals for Successful Campaigns - Experiment.comDescribes the distribution of funding goals for the 168 successful science crowdfunding campaigns on as of August 2014. Average goal: $4,329.
Project Success Illustrated Through Social Proof - Experiment.comAs of October 2014, projects launched on only have a 40% a priori probability of success. This increases to a 92% probability of success once a project hits 40% of its fundraising target.
University crowdfunding by the numbers - a first look at the data - Funded ScienceIn an August 2014 post, I presented statistics on 206 campaigns hosted on university crowdfunding websites. Only 26% were science crowdfunding campaigns, raising an average of $6,228 each.
#SciFund round 4 analysisZen Faulkes summarizes the results of round 4 of the #SciFund Challenge. 23 projects raised $55,272. Full campaign data is also available.
Anatomy of the Crowd4Discovery crowdfunding
Ethan Perlstein provides data and a first-hand account of his successful 2012 Crowd4Discovery campaign on RocketHub, which raised $25,460 to fund a research project "to determine the precise location of amphetamines inside mouse brain cells".
Crowdfunding the Azolla fern genome project: a grassroots approachFay-Wei Li and Kathleen Pryer describe their crowdfunding campaign to sequence a fern genome. They raised $7,160 from 123 backers. Total page views for their campaign page were 6,191, for a conversion rate of about 2% (pretty good!). [Update via Andrew Wong]
Crowdfunding projects involving Australian university staffJonathan O'Donnell provides information on crowdfunding projects involving Australian university staff, for the period of October 2011 - January 2016.